What is RtWLan.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 RtWLan.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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RtWLan.exe file information

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

The process known as RtWLan ( For Vista / Win7) Application(External Registrar) or RtWLan (ASUS) Application or wg111cfg MFC Application or RtWLan ( For WinXP UP ) Application or RtWLan ( For Vista) Application or RtWLan ( For Win2K/XP ) Application or RtWLan ( For WinXP/2003) Application or RtWLan MFC Application or RtWLan ( For Vista / Win7) Application or RtWLan ( For XP/2003) Application

belongs to software RtWLan Application or REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and Utility or WG111v2 Configuration Utility or REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN or REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN or REALTEK USB Wireless LAN or REALTEK USB Wireless LAN Driver and or REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and or EnGenius (version 11n USB Wireless LAN Driver and)

by Realtek Semiconductor ( or ASUSTek Computer ( or or ASUSTeK Computer ( or EnGenius Technologies.

Description: RtWLan.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. RtWLan.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 1,118,208 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 995,328 bytes and 52 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. RtWLan.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, connect to the Internet and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you run into problems with RtWLan.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ ASUS WiFi-AP Solo or WG111v2 Configuration Utility, contact [1][2] to assist you or update the program to the latest version.

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If RtWLan.exe is located in the "C:\Program Files" folder, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 6,799,360 bytes. The software has no file description. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. RtWLan.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

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

RtWLan.exe is the Realtek Wireless LAN utility. It is needed to drive wireless LAN cards based on the Realtek chipsets.
It is an application used to configure wireless lan cards.
  Chip Clark  
Asus Realtec Wifi control app.
REALTEK Wireless LAN Uitity
Memory usage too high after 4-5 hours work. In my case about 200MB. I got "swap file too small" warning. I kill the process .
Real Tech Wireless Lan driver - typically the one bundled with onboard adapters on certain MOBOs ... mine is an ASUS .. important to have the adapter working, but can be deleted if not using it.
it's for the netgear wireless usb receiver. not harmful AT ALL
    (further information)
Loaded with brother printer WIFI app
Yes, it is for your wireless...remove it and you'll break your network connectivity
Bad behaving, but not a virus (scanned with Avast). Like the other poster, after a certain amount of time (within 24 hrs), resources used up, causing highlighted desktop icons, disappearing taskbar icons, disappearing start menu and memory errors when trying to execute programs, even task manager.
You can install the driver without this annoying utility.
Wasn't detected and removed until after a windows update. It came from a folder for my EnGenius usb wlan adapter. Network still works without it.

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Summary: Average user rating of RtWLan.exe: based on 20 votes with 12 user comments. 13 users think RtWLan.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks RtWLan.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving RtWLan issues

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