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Should I remove REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN Software?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #25,817
United States Rank #34,040
Reach 0.0065%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 2.66 days
10.85 days >
Average installed length: 5.70 days


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REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN Software

What is REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN Software?

REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN Software is the driver package for wireless network card. The driver package is required in order for the device to function properly and is the software that allows your PC to communicate with this hardware. In addition the software includes management and diagnostic utilities.


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. 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 RtWLan.exe. The setup package generally installs about 27 files and is usually about 4.91 MB (5,150,165 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.realtek.com.tw
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\REALTEK\RTL8185 Wireless LAN Utility\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{EF72E0A5-57E8-471F-837E-82BB19771363}\Install.exe -uninst -l0x9
Estimated size: 4.91 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN Software

Program executable:RtWLan.exe
Name:RtWLan Application
RtWLan ( For Vista / Win7) Application(External Registrar)
Path:C:\Program Files\REALTEK\RTL8185 Wireless LAN Utility\RtWLan.exe
Additional files:
  • RtlLib.dll - RtlLib Dynamic Link Library (RtlLib DLL(IHV))
  • RtWLan.exe - RtWLan Application (RtWLan ( For Vista / Win7) Application(External Registrar))
  • WPSProt.exe - WPS Firewall Prot
  • SetVistaDrv64.exe - SetVistaDrv64 Application
  • SetDrv64.exe - Setup Driver (SetDrv)
  • EnumDevLib.dll - EnumDevLib Dynamic Link Library (EnumDevLib DLL)
  • IpLib.dll
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • RtlIhvOid.dll - IHV OID (IHV OID (for Win7))
  • acAuth.dll - AEGIS Authentication Library
  • acCTA.dll - AEGIS CTA NetTrans
  • AegisI5.exe - AegisInstall Application (AegisInstall MFC Application)
  • DESKTOP.exe - DESKTOP Application (DESKTOP MFC Application)
  • difxapi.dll (by Microsoft) - Driver Install Frameworks API (DIFxAPI) (Driver Install Frameworks for API library module)
  • install.exe - Install Application (Install MFC Application)
  • ISSetup.dll (by Acresso Software) - InstallShield (InstallShield (R) Setup Engine)
  • ReStart.exe - ReStart Application (ReStart MFC Application)
  • RTLDHCP.exe
  • RtlICS.dll - RtlICS Dynamic Link Library (RtlICS DLL)
  • RtlService.exe - RtlService Application (RtlService MFC Application)
  • RtlUpd64.exe - Realtek HD Auido Update and remove driver Tool (Driver Update and remove for Windows x64 or x86_32)
  • RtWlanSrv.exe (by SOFTWIN S.R.L)
  • RTxAdmin.exe - RTxAdmin Application (RTxAdmin MFC Application)
  • Run1x.exe
  • SETUP.EXE (by Acresso Software)
  • UserCom.exe - User Command Application (User Command MFC Application)
  • x64drv.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Scheduled Tasks
  • ReStart.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FB6A81D7-E84F-40E9-A4A3-EE3831B076D4}' (runs on registration).
  • RTxAdmin.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F57508E5-DFF6-40A6-9B7C-B4E2FF888593}' (runs on registration).
  • UserCom.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F9E401A6-313D-4FA8-B4D0-AE606FD1B03E}' (runs on registration).
  • RtWLan.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{481FF643-893E-4EFE-BA1C-E71B8695D215}' (runs on registration).
  • RtlService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7D7096FC-9620-4737-85BB-4E1AF0B925EA}' (runs on registration).
  • RtlService.exe runs as a service named 'Realtek92SU' (Realtek92SU).
Startup File (All Users Run Once)
  • AegisI5.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'MeetingHouse' which loads as C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG111v3\AegisI5.exe -vendor Realtek -silent -install.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • RtWLan.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\REALTEK\RTL8185 Wireless LAN Utility\RtWLan.exe'.
  • RTLDHCP.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\REALTEK\11n USB Wireless LAN Utility\RTLDHCP.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:6.77 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0017138913%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00084225%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00087165%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:991,911
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:5.19 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:4 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.76 MB
Total CPU:0.0001831000%
Kernel CPU:0.00012099%
User CPU:0.00006211%
CPU cycles/sec:18,753
I/O reads/min:6 Bytes
I/O writes/min:2 Bytes

How do I remove REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN Software?

You can uninstall REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN Software 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program REALTEK RTL8185 Wireless LAN Software, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 RTL8185 Wireless LAN Software.

Win 7 (SP1) 53%
Win 7 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 71.32%
Windows XP 15.50%
Windows 10 10.08%
Windows Vista 3.10%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 37.21%
Windows 7 Home Premium 16.28%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.50%
Windows 7 Professional 12.40%
Windows 10 Pro 3.88%
Windows 7 Enterprise 2.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

24.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 24.64%
  Brazil 16.67%
  Mexico 10.87%
  Germany 5.80%
  France 5.80%
  Argentina 3.62%
  Italy 2.90%
  Poland 2.90%
  Spain 2.17%
  United Kingdom 2.17%
  Venezuela 2.17%
  Chile 1.45%
  Colombia 1.45%
  Croatia 1.45%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 26.47%
Dell 23.53%
Hewlett-Packard 10.29%
ASUS 7.35%
American Megatrends 7.35%
Intel 5.88%
Toshiba 4.41%
Lenovo 2.94%
Common models
Dell OptiPlex 320 ... 2.53%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2P 2.53%
LENOVO 7515A33 2.53%
Semp Toshiba Informatica ... 2.53%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305 2.53%

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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