What is RtkNGUI.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 RtkNGUI.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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RtkNGUI.exe file information

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

The process known as Realtek Audio Manager or Realtek HD Audio Manager belongs to software Realtek (version I2S Audio) or Realtek High Definition Audio Driver or Realtek HDMI Audio Driver for ATI by Realtek Semiconductor (

Description: RtkNGUI.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. RtkNGUI.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,904,064 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 5,360,232 bytes and 19 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file has a digital signature. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The file is a Verisign signed file. RtkNGUI.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program Realtek I2S Audio or Realtek High Definition Audio Driver, or ask the software vendor for support. Click on Realtek I2S Audio or Realtek High Definition Audio Driver in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify RtkNGUI.exe related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving RtkNGUI issues

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