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Should I remove Rhapsody Player Engine?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
21% remove it79% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,099
United States Rank #972
Reach 0.3952%
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Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 69.20 days
708.04 days >
Average installed length: 372.02 days


1.1.0 17.82%
1.0.690 5.05%
1.0.636 1.29%
1.0.604 73.45%
1.0.487 0.23% 2.16%

Rhapsody Player Engine

What is Rhapsody Player Engine?  (from RealNetworks)

Rhapsody is the digital music service that allows you to listen all you want from wherever you are. It's the ultimate music cloud experience, with over 16 million songs and every genre to choose from. Check out old school hits, and the newest releases. Get this free, downloadable music player! Search over 2 million son...  Read more


Rhapsody Player Engine is a software program developed by RealNetworks. The most common release is 1.0.604, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named nprhapengine.dll. The setup package generally installs about 460 files and is usually about 1005.5 KB (1,029,632 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows Vista (SP2) and Windows XP. While about 84% of users of Rhapsody Player Engine come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Saudi Arabia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.rhapsody.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\real\rhapsodyplayerengine
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{8A62A068-3FD6-495A-9F66-26FE94F32EC9}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1005.5 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Rhapsody Player Engine

Program module:nprhapengine.dll
Name:RealNetworks Rhapsody Player Engine
Rhapsody Player Engine Plugin
Signed by:RealNetworks
Path:C:\Program Files\real\rhapsodyplayerengine\nprhapengine.dll
(From the publisher) “Rhapsody is the number-one premium subscription music service, with more than one million members, who can listen to more than 16 million tracks on more than 70 consumer electronics devices, including connected audio...”
Additional files:
  • rhapsodyinstaller.exe
  • _ispmres.dll (by Macrovision) - Software Manager (Macrovision Software Manager Resource DLL)
  • _isusres.dll (by Macrovision)
  • agent.exe - Macrovision Software Manager Agent
  • hpediag.dll (by Hewlett-Packard) - HP eDiagnostic Support Objects (Diagnostic objects for HP eDiags)
  • hpwucli.exe (by Hewlett-Packard) - HP Software Update Client
  • hpwuschd2.exe - hpwuSchd Application
  • isdm.exe - Macrovision Software Manager Download Manager
  • issch.exe - Macrovision Software Manager Scheduler
  • npve3d.dll (by Microsoft) - Virtual Earth 3D 4.00100226006 plugin for Mozilla

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • nprhapengine.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'nprhapengine.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • nprhapengine.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name 'Rhapsody Player Engine' with a plugin key of '@real.com/RhapsodyPlayerEngine,version=1.0' for all users of the PC.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • hpwuschd2.exe is scheduled as a task named 'HP-Online updateprogramma' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00).
  • issch.exe is scheduled as a task named 'InstallShield Software update service'.
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • issch.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'ISUSScheduler' and executes as "C:\Program Files\common files\installshield\updateservice\issch.exe" -start.
  • hpwuschd2.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'HP Software Update' and executes as C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • issch.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ISUSScheduler' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe" -start.
  • hpwuschd2.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'HP Software Update' which loads as C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • hpwucli.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWUCli.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.41 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0031398932%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00010120%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00303869%
0.015104% average
Memory:460 KB
User CPU:0.00379687%

How do I remove Rhapsody Player Engine?

Quickly and completely remove Rhapsody Player Engine from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Rhapsody Player Engine 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 Rhapsody Player Engine, 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 Rhapsody Player Engine.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Rhapsody Player Engine you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Google Chrome

Win Vista (SP2) 50%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 21%
Keep it 79%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 57.07%
Windows XP 22.77%
Windows 7 18.78%
Windows 8 1.33%
Windows Server 2003 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 50.96%
Microsoft Windows XP 21.83%
Windows 7 Home Premium 10.49%
Windows 7 Ultimate 6.04%
Windows Vista Home Basic 4.87%
Windows Vista Ultimate 2.01%

Distribution by countryGeography

84.35% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 84.35%
  Canada 3.49%
  Saudi Arabia 1.67%
  Iran 1.07%
  United Kingdom 0.89%
  Egypt 0.77%
  Israel 0.66%
  MA 0.63%
  India 0.45%
  United Arab Emirates 0.36%
  Australia 0.27%
  Germany 0.21%
  DZ 0.21%
  JO 0.21%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 62.38%
Dell 18.40%
Acer 3.83%
Intel 3.71%
Toshiba 3.60%
American Megatrends 3.01%
Sahara 1.24%
Gateway 0.65%
Lenovo 0.53%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6500 Notebo... 10.11%
HP-Pavilion GG781AA-ABA a... 3.91%
HP Pavilion dv9500 Notebo... 3.26%
HP-Pavilion GN561AA-ABA a... 3.04%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.28%
HP-Pavilion GN553AA-ABA m... 2.28%

About RealNetworks

RealNetworks is a provider of Internet media delivery software and services and is the creator of RealPlayer, a media player, RealDownloader, a download manager, RealAudio, a compressed audio format as well as RealVideo, a compressed video format.
Publisher URL: www.realnetworks.com


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