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Should I remove Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,474
United States Rank #1,932
Reach 0.4627%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.16 days
299.82 days >
Average installed length: 157.53 days


VersionDistribution 4.04% 0.50% 1.82% 3.82% 4.19% 6.82% 4.46% 1.94% 1.37% 0.02% 3.79% 11.13% 0.07% 0.05% 0.01% 0.04% 0.08% 0.99% 2.52% 0.79% 7.92% 0.02% 0.04% 4.68% 9.90% 0.05% 0.01% 7.30% 0.88% 7.57% 6.56% 0.56% 1.29% 0.09% 0.07% 0.08% 0.05% 0.02% 0.02% 2.66% 0.03% 0.01% 0.02% 1.47% 0.23%

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Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card

What is Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card?

The software provides the installation utilities for Ralink RT2870 802.11 WirelessLAN Card including software and drivers.


Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card is a software program developed by Ralink. The most common release is, 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. 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 RaUI.exe. The setup package generally installs about 84 files and is usually about 22.58 MB (23,676,974 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 38% of users of Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ralinktech.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Ralink\RT2870 Wireless LAN Card
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{28DA7D8B-F9A4-4F18-8AA0-551B1E084D0D}\setup.exe -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 22.58 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card

Program executable:RaUI.exe
Name:RaUI Application
Ralink Wireless LAN Card Utility
Signed by:Ralink Technology Corporation
Path:C:\Program Files\Ralink\RT2870 Wireless LAN Card\Utility\RaUI.exe
Additional files:
  • StreamDll.dll - StreamDl Dynamic Link Library
  • RaMediaServer.exe - RaMediaServer Application (RaMediaS Application)
  • RaSwapEx.exe - Ralink RaSwap (RaSwap)
  • RaWDPAPI.dll - Wi-Fi Display (dll)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • RaMediaServer.exe runs as a service named 'Ralink UPnP Media Server' (RaMediaServer) "Ralink UPnP Media Server. If the service is disabled, UPnP Media Server function will not work.".
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • RaMediaServer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program\ASUS\USB-AC51 WLAN Card Utilities\Common\RaMediaServer.exe'.

How do I remove Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card?

You can uninstall Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card 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 Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card, 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 Ralink RT2870 Wireless LAN Card.

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win 10 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.64%
Windows 10 18.13%
Windows XP 10.16%
Windows Vista 7.01%
Windows Server 2003 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.40%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.19%
Windows 7 Professional 13.79%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.10%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.19%
Windows 10 Home 4.56%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.66% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.66%
  Germany 10.03%
  United Kingdom 6.98%
  Spain 3.83%
  Brazil 3.70%
  Italy 3.45%
  MA 3.26%
  France 2.83%
  Netherlands 2.49%
  DZ 2.08%
  Canada 1.54%
  Saudi Arabia 1.53%
  Australia 1.33%
  Greece 1.33%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 23.22%
Hewlett-Packard 20.53%
Acer 18.87%
ASUS 7.02%
Intel 5.03%
Medion 4.82%
Toshiba 2.63%
Lenovo 2.16%
Alienware 2.05%
Samsung 2.05%
American Megatrends 1.87%
Common models
MEDIONPC MS-7502 11.85%
Dell OptiPlex 755 4.21%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.95%
Alienware Aurora-R4 3.79%
ASUS All Series 3.44%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.08%

About Ralink

Ralink is a Wi-Fi chipset manufacturer mainly known for their WLAN chipsets that are used in various consumer routers made by Gigabyte Technology, D-Link, Linksys, Asus and Belkin, as well as Wi-Fi adaptors for PCI Express interfaces.
Publisher URL: www.ralinktech.com

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Bill Scottover a year ago
This bit of software comes with BT Infinity's broadband package and is installed automatically without your explicit permission. I don't know exactly what it does but it sure as hell slows down your computer as it is constantly operating in the background. My gut feel is that it is collecting "marketing information" that BT then sell on to other commercial concerns. If you uninstall it you lose your WIFI connection, but if you simply go to Windows task manager and remove it from the active processes WIFI continues without problem and your computer is then free from a process that slows everything down. You will have to do this every time you Start or Restart, but it is well worth the inconvenience.