What is RtlWake.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 RtlWake.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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RtlWake.exe file information

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

The process known as RtlWake MFC Application belongs to software WG111v2 Configuration Utility or RtlWake Application or Realtek RTL8187 Wireless by unknown.

Description: RtlWake.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file RtlWake.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 745,472 bytes (88% of all occurrences), 741,376 bytes, 716,800 bytes or 720,896 bytes. 
The RtlWake.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). RtlWake.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with RtlWake.exe, you can also do the following:

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

Belkin Wireless CLient
its for monitoring your Realtek wireless network card
It is a support file for a Realtek wireless network card.
this is utility for RTL8180L wlan chip
  mirek   (further information)
used for wireless lan PCMCIA found in c:\Program Files\Realtek\Rtl8180\RtlWake.exe 720896 bytes Aug 06 2003
  Wikibob   (further information)
For Realtek wireless network (also sold as CompUSA brand) if it freezes cntrl alt del and use the end now then restart the application
745472 bytes Continuously grabs system handles w/o releasing them which can lead to the system running out of resources
Belkin Wireless 802.11b Utility - Wakes PC on wireless activity
  Roger Wammy  
Wireless LAN Tool for Realtek Adapter
came with Netgear product (wireless network adapter)
It's on the sys tray and doens't inflict damage, it just uses memory

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Summary: Average user rating of RtlWake.exe: based on 21 votes with 11 user comments. 10 users think RtlWake.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving RtlWake issues

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