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Should I remove REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,638
United States Rank #19,231
Reach 0.0173%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 2.41 days
70.97 days >
Average installed length: 37.29 days


Package:1.00.0038 Driver:6.1313.613.2008 UI:700.15 0.29%
Package:1.00.0038 Driver:6.1313.613.2008 UI:600.15 1.76%
Package:1.00.0038 Driver:5.1313.613.2008 UI:0.0.0. 1.76%
Package:1.00.0028 Driver:6.1313.613.2008 UI:500.15 0.59%
Package:1.00.0028 Driver:5.1313.613.2008 UI:0.0.0. 0.59%
Package:1.00.0023 Driver:6.1313.613.2008 UI:700.16 1.17%
Package:1.00.0023 Driver:6.1313.613.2008 UI:500.15 30.21%
Package:1.00.0023 Driver:6.1313.613.2008 UI:0.0.0. 0.59%
Package:1.00.0023 Driver:6.1304.1119.2007 UI:500.1 2.05%
Package:1.00.0023 Driver:5.1313.613.2008 UI:500.15 0.29%
Package:1.00.0023 Driver:5.1313.613.2008 UI:0.0.0. 30.79%
Package:1.00.0023 Driver:5.1304.1023.2007 UI:0.0.0 2.35%
3.00 26.98%
1.00.0023 0.59%

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REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility

What is REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility?

REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility 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.


The most common release is package:1.00.0023 driver:5.1313.613.2008 ui:0.0.0., with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 36 files and is usually about 5.14 MB (5,388,297 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.realtek.com.tw
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\REALTEK\RTL8187 Wireless LAN Utility
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\engine\6\INTEL3~1\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{D1DDE912-03B9-
Estimated size: 5.14 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility

Program executable:RtWLan.exe
Name:RtWLan Application
RtWLan ( For Win2K/XP ) Application
Path:C:\Program Files\REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility\RtWLan.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • RtlLib.dll - RtlLib Dynamic Link Library (RtlLib DLL(RtlProt))
  • RtWLan.exe - RtWLan Application (RtWLan ( For Vista) Application)
  • WPSProt.exe - WPS Firewall Prot
  • RtlProt.sys (by Windows (R) Codename Longhorn DDK provider) - Windows (R) Codename Longhorn DDK driver (Realtek Utility I/O Driver)
  • EnumDevLib.dll - EnumDevLib Dynamic Link Library (EnumDevLib DLL)
  • EAPInstall.exe - Realtek EAPPkt Protocol Driver (EAPPkt Installer)
  • RtlICS.dll - RtlICS Dynamic Link Library (RtlICS DLL)
  • RtlService.exe - RtlService Application (RtlService MFC Application)
  • IpLib.dll
  • RTxAdmin.exe - RTxAdmin Application (RTxAdmin MFC Application)
  • DESKTOP.exe - DESKTOP Application (DESKTOP MFC Application)
  • install.exe - Install Application (Install MFC Application)
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ReStart.exe - ReStart Application (ReStart MFC Application)
  • rtkbind.exe - RtkBind Application
  • ISSetup.dll (by Macrovision) - InstallShield (InstallShield (R) Setup Engine)
  • SETUP.EXE (by Macrovision)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

5 Scheduled Tasks
  • ReStart.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FB6A81D7-E84F-40E9-A4A3-EE3831B076D4}' (runs on registration).
  • RtWLan.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DF57617F-8F69-4214-8819-A0ADEE91F04C}' (runs on registration).
  • SETUP.EXE is scheduled as a task with the class '{C083518F-8EC9-4B8E-8707-AA411A045C80}' (runs on registration).
  • RTxAdmin.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F57508E5-DFF6-40A6-9B7C-B4E2FF888593}' (runs on registration).
  • RtlService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{68B9D66E-98BA-4428-BD3A-1BD007013E9D}' (runs on registration).
  • RtlService.exe runs as a service named 'AirLiveUSB' (AirLiveUSB).
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • RtWLan.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\REALTEK\RTL8187 Wireless LAN Utility\RtWLan.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.8 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0008703676%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00062528%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00024509%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:1.28 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 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 RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility?

You can uninstall REALTEK RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility 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 RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility, 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 RTL8187 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility.

Win XP 48%
Win 8 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 49.85%
Windows 7 32.55%
Windows Vista 11.44%
Windows 10 6.16%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 50.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.57%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.68%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.89%
Windows 7 Professional 5.09%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.40%

Distribution by countryGeography

29.63% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 29.63%
  Spain 9.79%
  Saudi Arabia 8.20%
  MA 7.41%
  Germany 5.03%
  Italy 3.70%
  DZ 3.17%
  France 2.65%
  United Kingdom 2.38%
  Mexico 2.12%
  United Arab Emirates 1.59%
  Argentina 1.59%
  Peru 1.59%
  IQ 1.32%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 23.72%
Hewlett-Packard 18.14%
Acer 15.35%
Intel 7.91%
Sahara 7.44%
Toshiba 6.51%
Samsung 4.65%
American Megatrends 3.72%
ASUS 3.26%
Lenovo 1.40%
Compaq 0.93%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.10%
HP 630 Notebook PC 3.10%
Samsung N130 2.33%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 2.33%
Dell Inspiron 530s 2.33%

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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