What is RTSS.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 RTSS.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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RTSS.exe file information

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

The process known as RTSS belongs to software MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision or EVGA Precision X or RivaTuner or RivaTuner Statistics Server by EVGA ( or MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD or Micro-Star Int'l Co. (

Description: RTSS.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. RTSS.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 143,360 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 166,968 bytes and 16 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. It is not a Windows core file. The file is digitally signed. RTSS.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 65% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
If any problems with RTSS.exe occur, you might want to uninstall MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".

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

Riva Tuner server
On-Screen Display.server - gehört zum MSI Afterburner
  BolzenwerfeR   (further information)
Seems to be acctive when evga precision is on and msi afterbuner
  justin burns  
RTSS.exe is a part of the monitoring/over-clocking app. EVGA-Precision-1.3.3
In my computer it works in conjunction with MSI Afterburner 2.1
This is the system performance monitor of Riva Tuner, it gathers system temperatures, voltages and fan speeds to display and alter them within Rita Tuner and it derivatives.
  Andrew   (further information)
MSI Afterburner-related - this handles the on-screen display for framerate/etc.
  Wireball   (further information)
RivaTuner Statistics Server, sometimes installed as part of MSI Afterburner for sensor readings and on-screen display. At worst, it might take up some CPU time and hassle Windows Aero when you aren't playing a game.

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Summary: Average user rating of RTSS.exe: based on 9 votes with 8 user comments. 5 users think RTSS.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving RTSS issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with RTSS. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 RTSS.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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