What is RTLDHCP.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 RTLDHCP.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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RTLDHCP.exe file information

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

The process known as RtlDHCP belongs to software REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and Utility or EDUP Wireless LAN Driver and Utility by Realtek (

Description: RTLDHCP.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file RTLDHCP.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 196,608 bytes (77% of all occurrences), 221,184 bytes or 375,808 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. RTLDHCP.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and Utility or EDUP Wireless LAN Driver and Utility (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or search for help on the company [1][2]'s website.

Recommended: Identify RTLDHCP.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as RTLDHCP.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the RTLDHCP.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

11n USB Wireless LAN Utility
  Nid Collins  
ist neu auf meinem Rechner. Mit Sysinternals identifiziert. Kann nicht gelöscht werden. Nicht notwendig für Windows.

Summary: Average user rating of RTLDHCP.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks RTLDHCP.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving RTLDHCP issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with RTLDHCP. 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 RTLDHCP.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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