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 RtWLan ( For Vista) Application or RtWLan ( For WinXP/2003) Application or RtWLan ( For WinXP UP ) Application or wg111cfg MFC Application or RtWLan ( For Vista / Win7) Application or RtWLan ( For XP/2003) Application or RtWLan MFC Application

belongs to software RtWLan Application or REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and Utility or REALTEK USB Wireless LAN Driver and or REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and or WG111v2 Configuration Utility or REALTEK USB Wireless LAN or REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN or RNX-N180UBE (version 11n USB Wireless LAN Driver and) or Realtek WPS PBC Utility or REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN Driver and or EnGenius (version 11n USB Wireless LAN Driver and) or REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN

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

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 10/8/7/XP are 1,118,208 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 2,043,904 bytes and 59 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. RtWLan.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, connect to the Internet and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with RtWLan.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramASUS WiFi-AP Solo or REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and 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. There is no file information. 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.
Appeared when I installed an ALFA Wi-Fi USB adapter, which utilizes the Realtek wireless utility. I see two appearances of it running under Task Manager, each using about 6k - 6.5k of memory. I should terminate one instance to see what happens, but have no problems.
  Jim W.  
I have tried ending the process in Task Manager, it says Process cannot be ended. I also right clicked on the process while I was in Task Manager, I tried going into the properties so that I could change or edit the security setting, meaning the permission and owner. I couldn't find this file anywhere on my PC, as well as these following processes: 1.nvxdsync.exe 2.nvvsvc.exe 3.csrss.exe 4.winlogon.exe and then of course 5.RtWlan.exe None of these files can be found anywhere in the system as I have searched every single corner of the memory for it, manually I might add. These processes have the same effect ast the RtWlan.exe ... Cannot enter the properties in Task Manager and cannot kill it either. There are also some other files which pop up every time I start up my notebook : Here they are. ggddllhost conhost and then HKCmd I was able to end the processes and edit the security settings such as permission and ownership, but they still keep starting up automatically, I have attempted to delete these processes by taking ownership and then Ctrl+Shift+Deleting, but the system won't allow me to delete it.... Do you think that this might be some extra files that Microsoft decided to add on the Windows 7 cd's? or has Microsoft been compromised by the USA as always?
Mine came with software for MODECOM wifi adapter. Network still works after killing.

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Summary: Average user rating of RtWLan.exe: based on 23 votes with 15 user comments. 14 users think RtWLan.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think RtWLan.exe is dangerous and recommend 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 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 RtWLan.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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