What is rtmservice.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 rtmservice.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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Rtmservice.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with rtmservice
Rtmservice.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Remote Task Manager or Remote Task Manager service appears to belong to software Remote Task Manager or Remote Task Manager service or Remote Task Manager Service or Microsoft Data Access by unknown.

Description: Rtmservice.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Rtmservice.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 76,288 bytes (69% of all occurrences) or 72,192 bytes. 
The application has no file description. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Rtmservice.exe is able to hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of rtmservice.exe, you may also uninstall Microsoft Data Access software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name rtmservice.exe, for example WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec), and not-a-virus:RemoteAdmin.Win32.RemoteTaskManager.c (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the rtmservice.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

Remote task Manager allows admins to control machines
  LeBlatt   (further information)
manuel removal
Remote Task Manager
  Robert Georgi  

Summary: Average user rating of rtmservice.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks rtmservice.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving rtmservice issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with rtmservice. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the rtmservice.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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