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Should I remove REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and Utility?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #4,606
United States Rank #5,270
Reach 0.1138%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.16 days
388.10 days >
Average installed length: 203.91 days


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REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and Utility

What is REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and Utility?

The REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver is the software driver for the Realtek Wireless LAN NICs. It is a program used to communicate from the Windows PC OS to the device. This software is required in most cases for the hardware device to function properly. In most cases, drivers come with Windows or can be found by going to Windows Update in Control Panel and checking for updates as well as downloaded from the Realtek support website.


The most common release is 1.00.0145, 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. 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 35 files and is usually about 11.8 MB (12,368,335 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.realtek.com.tw
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\REALTEK\RTL8187 Wireless LAN Utility\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{0DF70CB6-553A-4C57-8E6D-87635EECFB78}\Install.exe -uninst -l0x9
Estimated size: 11.8 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and Utility

Program executable:RtWLan.exe
Name:RtWLan Application
RtWLan ( For Win2K/XP ) Application
Path:C:\Program Files\REALTEK\Wireless LAN Utility\RtWLan.exe
Additional files:
  • RtlLib.dll - RtlLib Dynamic Link Library (RtlLib DLL(IHV))
  • RtWLan.exe - RtWLan Application (RtWLan ( For Win2K/XP ) Application)
  • WPSProt.exe - WPS Firewall Prot
  • RTxAdmin.exe - RTxAdmin Application (RTxAdmin MFC Application)
  • RtlIhvOid.dll - IHV OID (IHV OID(for Win7))
  • Run1x.exe
  • RtlICS.dll - RtlICS Dynamic Link Library (RtlICS DLL)
  • RtlService.exe - RtlService Application (RtlService MFC Application)
  • DESKTOP.exe - DESKTOP Application (DESKTOP MFC Application)
  • ReStart.exe - ReStart Application (ReStart MFC Application)
  • RTLDHCP.exe
  • UserCom.exe - User Command Application (User Command MFC Application)
  • EnumDevLib.dll - EnumDevLib Dynamic Link Library (EnumDevLib DLL)
  • IpLib.dll - IpLib
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • x64drv.exe
  • libpng15.dll - LibPNG (PNG image compression library)
  • P2PLib.dll - P2PLib
  • qrcode.exe
  • qrcodelib.dll
  • RtlQRCode.dll - RtlQRCode (Realtek RtlQRCode DLL)

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 '{D3AA9F2A-56FB-4AEA-AAEE-B91FAA1496A4}' (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).
  • UserCom.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F9E401A6-313D-4FA8-B4D0-AE606FD1B03E}' (runs on registration).
2 Services
  • RtlService.exe runs as a service named 'RTK_WiFi_Service' (RTK_WiFi_Service).
  • RTLDHCP.exe runs as a service named 'Realtek DHCP Service' (RTLDHCPService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • RtWLan.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'REALTEK Wireless LAN Utility' which loads as "C:\Program Files\REALTEK\Wireless LAN Utility\RtWLan.exe" /H.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • RTLDHCP.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Sitecom\WiFi USB adapter N300 Driver and Utility\RTLDHCP.exe'.
  • RtWLan.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Realtek\11n USB Wireless LAN Utility\RtWLan.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:1.39 MB
Total CPU:0.0003062156%
Kernel CPU:0.00019159%
User CPU:0.00011463%

How do I remove REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver and Utility?

You can uninstall REALTEK 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 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 Wireless LAN Driver and Utility.

Win 7 (SP1) 69%
Win 10 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 74.73%
Windows 10 16.49%
Windows XP 5.75%
Windows Vista 2.94%
Windows Server 2003 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.44%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.48%
Windows 7 Professional 13.20%
Windows 10 Home 6.87%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.79%
Windows 10 Pro 3.82%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.99% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.99%
  Germany 15.92%
  United Kingdom 6.87%
  France 4.35%
  Netherlands 3.55%
  Spain 2.71%
  Italy 2.41%
  MA 2.25%
  Canada 2.06%
  Australia 1.41%
  Mexico 1.37%
  Belgium 1.30%
  Austria 1.11%
  Poland 1.11%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 21.80%
Acer 19.55%
Dell 17.05%
Medion 14.98%
ASUS 7.82%
Toshiba 5.24%
Lenovo 2.41%
Compaq 2.16%
Samsung 1.25%
Sahara 1.00%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7728 6.91%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.30%
HP Compaq dc7600 Converti... 3.99%
MEDIONPC MS-7616 3.69%
ASUS All Series 3.69%
MEDIONPC MS-7708 3.69%

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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