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Realtek Audio Driver


Realtek Audio Driver is a software program developed by Realtek Semiconductor. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The primary executable is named rtlupd64.exe. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 14.83 MB (15,552,120 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows 7 (SP1). Most users that have installed this software come from the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\11\50\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{F
Estimated size: 14.83 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Realtek Audio Driver

Program executable:rtlupd64.exe
Name:Realtek HD Auido Update and remove driver Tool
Driver Update and remove for Windows x64 or x86_32
Path:C:\Program Files\realtek\audio\drivers\rtlupd64.exe
Additional files:
  • RAVBg64.exe - HD Audio Background Process
  • RAVCpl64.exe - Realtek HD Audio Manager
  • AERTSr64.exe (by Andrea Electronics) - APO Access Service (64-bit) (Andrea filters APO access service (64-bit))
  • FMAPP.exe - FMAPP Application

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • AERTSr64.exe runs as a service named 'AERTFilters' (AERTFilters).
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • RAVBg64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RtHDVBg_LENOVO_MICPKEY' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVBg64.exe" /LENOVO_MICPKEY.
  • FMAPP.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ForteConfig' which loads as C:\Program Files\Conexant\ForteConfig\fmapp.exe.
  • RAVCpl64.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'RtHDVCpl' which loads as C:\Program Files\Realtek\Audio\HDA\RAVCpl64.exe -s.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:10.36 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001036789%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00008402%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00001966%
0.015104% average
Memory:1.03 MB
Total CPU:0.0000472944%
Kernel CPU:0.00004198%
User CPU:0.00000531%
CPU cycles/sec:478
Memory:2.53 MB
Total CPU:0.0021039342%
Kernel CPU:0.00170625%
User CPU:0.00039768%
CPU cycles/sec:415,983
I/O reads/min:597 Bytes

How do I remove Realtek Audio Driver?

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Or, you can uninstall Realtek Audio Driver from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Realtek Audio Driver, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Realtek Audio Driver.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%
Windows 7 (SP1)

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

About Realtek Semiconductor

Realtek manufactures a wide variety of products that can be broadly categorized into two subdivisions: Communications Network ICs, and Computer Peripheral and Multimedia ICs.
Publisher URL: www.realtek.com


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