What is rdpclip.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 rdpclip.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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Rdpclip.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with rdpclip
Rdpclip.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as RDP Clip Monitor or RDP Clipboard Monitor belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original rdpclip.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Rdpclip.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 62,976 bytes or 62,464 bytes. 
It is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Hotfix for Microsoft .NET occur, you can also remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel.

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If rdpclip.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 154,805 bytes. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Rdpclip.exe is not a Windows system file. rdpclip.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as rdpclip.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the rdpclip.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

File Copy is an extension to Terminal Services server that allows you to copy and paste between server and client.
  jo   (further information)
It is associated with Remote Desktop Use
normal process
Only needed if you allow remote desktop connections to your computer. If not, it is ok to disable.
Runs if you are connected to your desktop via Citrix or Remote Desktop
RDPCLIP.EXE is part of the Remote Desktop functionality. When enabled, this service allows for incoming connections via Port 3389. If you do not want to enable remote connections, disable the option from the Remote tab within the System dialog found in the Control Panel or Properties when right clicking on My Computer.
  IT Developer  
Used by remote desktop
If hung, you can try stopping processes that may use it. I terminated Excel, as it was the only other process using lots of CPU. Then rdclip went back to default CPU usage.
I know that it can take up to 50% cpu resource, Can be stopped without apparently having any effect except to make previously invisible applications visible. When active it seems to prevent services which are ticked as "can interact with desktop" from interacting with desktop.
  Peter ADam  
RDPClip is essential to copy/paste function between a remote desktop and your local machine.
rdpclip has the potential of becoming a runaway process and hanging a remote session, The service does not restart upon reboot if stopped via Task Manager.
Remote desk top users or Citrix users keep it , otherwise disable.
note that rdpclip is not found in win 7 premium it is loaded in the pro version only so ignore file missing errors in win 7 home premium
  Bob Forrest  
This is a file that let you copy and past in windows. It is a buildt in windows application
  mr. drums  
Needed for remonte dekstop file transfer.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of rdpclip.exe: based on 19 votes with 16 user comments. 8 users think rdpclip.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks rdpclip.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade rdpclip.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving rdpclip issues

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