What is RtHDVCpl.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the RtHDVCpl.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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RtHDVCpl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with RtHDVCpl
RtHDVCpl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HD Audio Control Panel or Realtek HD Audio Manager belongs to software HD Audio Control Panel or Realtek High Definition Audio Driver or Realtek High Definition Audio or Realtek HDMI Audio Driver for ATI or Realtek HDMI Audio Driver for by Realtek Semiconductor (

Description: RtHDVCpl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. RtHDVCpl.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,702,208 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 4,669,440 bytes and 39 more variants. 
RtHDVCpl.exe is not a Windows core file. The RtHDVCpl.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. RtHDVCpl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as RtHDVCpl.exe, for example TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C or Virus:Win32/Sality.AT (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.anxi or Backdoor.Win32.Small.yb (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the RtHDVCpl.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This is RealTek High definition multimedia control panel, it's no harm at all, and you may disable this being started at system runtime.
  Pasan Indeewara  
Realtek file
  rU5s   (further information)
Realtek HD Audio Manager
  Hugo Sørli  
rthdvcpl.exe is a Control Panel applet from Realtek belonging to the High Definition Audio System driver.
It's an Audio manager
It is the audio control panel on my HP desktop PC
  Steve Hensley  
I keep getting an error:The procedure entry point SetProcessDPIAware could not be located in the dynamic link library USER32.dll. At top of page has: RtHDVCpl.exe - Entry Point Not Found
SUPERAntiSpyware free edition keeps flagging up this file. As a novice I am very dubious about it's authenticity and can not make up my mind if it is a problem.
One MicroSoft fixit file offers to disable the "RtHDVCpl.exe" on startup, meaning it does not delete the file, but simply stops it from starting itself automatically. Then, it would apparently only start if called on by a program you are using that needs it. To use the fixit file, go to the following website, select options 1,2,3, etc., to download the MS fixit file, run that and you'll have the option to disable this file on startup even if you choose the automatic (recommended) option for running the fixit file.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of RtHDVCpl.exe: based on 12 votes with 9 user comments. 8 users think RtHDVCpl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users don't grade RtHDVCpl.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving RtHDVCpl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with RtHDVCpl. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the RtHDVCpl.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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