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Should I remove RealDownloader?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,729
United States Rank #5,608
Reach 0.0831%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.57 days
606.93 days >
Average installed length: 318.89 days


1.3.0 0.12%
1.2.0 80.59%
1.1.0 9.58%
1.0.3 1.47%
1.0.2 2.93%
1.0.1 3.17%
1.0.0 2.14%


What is RealDownloader?

RealDownloader is a freemium download manager by RealNetworks that downloads embedded Internet videos in multiple formats including MOV and FLV from sites such as Youtube. This software utility lets users share downloaded videos on social networks and transfer them to their mobile devices. The freeware version includes automatic embedded video detection and integration with web browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Premium features include download, convert and copy files to a specific device and accelerated downloads.

About  (from RealNetworks)

RealDownloader is the stand-alone video downloader from RealNetworks. Using RealDownloader, you can download your favourite free online videos from hundreds of websites. There are two versions of RealDownloader - Free Video Downloader and Premium Video Downloader. Find out which one is best for you!


The most common release is 1.2.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The primary executable is named npdlplugin.dll. The setup package generally installs about 91 files and is usually about 1.11 MB (1,165,824 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: apac.realdownloader.com
Help link: www.real.com
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\realnetworks\realdownloader\deviceprofiles
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{8A168327-7618-4266-8990-568092659FA3}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.11 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by RealDownloader

Program module:npdlplugin.dll
Name:RealDownloader Plugin
Signed by:RealNetworks
Path:C:\Program Files\realnetworks\realdownloader\browserplugins\npdlplugin.dll
Additional files:
  • mametadata.dll - RealDownloader (RealDownloader Metadata Plugins)
  • mp4fformat.dll - QuickTime File Format plugin for RealMedia (32-bit) (QuickTime File Format plugin for RealMedia)
  • mp4wrtr.dll - Helix® MP4 Writer (32-bit) (Helix® MP4 Writer)
  • rpbgrecorderapp.dll - Downloader Application
  • smplfsys.dll - Simple File System plugin for RealMedia (32-bit) (Simple File System plugin for RealMedia)
  • sonrecordengine.dll - RealDownloader (32-bit) (RealDownloader SONR Plugin)
  • audiodelaycomp.dll - Helix Producer SDK (Audio delay compensation)
  • audiofmtconverter.dll - Audio format converter
  • audiolimiter.dll - Helix Producer SDK from RealNetworks (Helix Producer Audio Limiter Plugin)
  • audiolosslesscodec.dll - Helix Producer Vorbis Audio Codec Plugin
  • audionullcodec.dll - Audio Null Codec
  • audioresampler.dll - Audio resampler
  • avcq.dll - AVC/H.264 Decoder (based on QuickTime SDK) (32-bit) (AVC/H.264 Decoder (based on QuickTime SDK))
  • colorcvt.dll - Color Conversion Library (32-bit) (Color Conversion Library)
  • converterapp.dll - RealDownloader Application
  • dsreader.dll - DirectShow file reader
  • encsession.dll - Encoding engine
  • fftr3210.dll - RealNetworks Products (32-bit) (File Format Transcoder)
  • flvff.dll - Helix Flash File Format Plugin (32-bit) (Helix Flash File Format Plugin)
  • flvrender.dll - Helix Flash Renderer Plugin (32-bit) (Helix Flash Renderer Plugin)
  • h263enc.dll
  • hxfilewriter.dll - HX file writer
  • hxmedpltfm.dll - Helix® Media Platform (32-bit) (Helix® Media Platform)
  • hxxml.dll - XML Parser plugin for RealMedia(R) (32-bit) (XML Parser plugin for RealMedia(R))
  • mediasink.dll - Media sink plugin
  • mp3render.dll - MPEG Audio Rendering plugin for RealSystem G2 (32-bit) (MPEG Audio Rendering plugin for RealSystem G2)
  • mp4vrender.dll - MPEG4-Video Renderer plugin for RealMedia® (32-bit) (MPEG4-Video Renderer plugin for RealMedia®)
  • mpeg4audiopacketizer.dll - MPEG4 audio packetizer filter
  • msvcp71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio .NET (Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library)
  • msvcr71.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® C Runtime Library
  • packetsource.dll - Helix Producer Packet Source Plugin
  • pnrs3260.dll - Resources Manager
  • qth264encoder.dll
  • qtreader.dll - Compressed Quicktime reader
  • ralf.dll - RealAudio Lossless Format (RealAudio Lossless Format provides a perfect (bit-identical) reproduction of the input audio from a smaller file size.)
  • rgbvideoresizer.dll
  • rmsessionformat.dll - rm session format
  • rmwriter.dll - RealMedia file writer
  • rmwrtr.dll - RealMedia® File Writer plugin (32-bit) (RealMedia® File Writer plugin)
  • rnaudiocodec.dll - Audio Codec Filter
  • rnaudiopacketizer.dll - RA audio packetizer filter
  • rnvideocodec.dll - RealVideo codec filter
  • rnvideopacketizer.dll - RealVideo packetizer filter
  • rpcl3260.dll - RealDownloader UI
  • rpcontrols.dll - UI Components
  • rpsharedcomponents.dll
  • rpshellextension.dll - RealPlayer shellextension
  • sharemedia.dll
  • uisy3201.dll - Common RealNetworks Products (32-bit) (UI System Library)
  • upgrade.dll
  • videocolorconverter.dll - Video color converter
  • videonullcodec.dll - Video Null Codec
  • xmencmp3.dll - xmencmp3 Module
  • zipf3260.dll - RealNetworks RealDownloader (RealDownloader Uncompression Component)
  • avcm.dll - AVC/H.264 Decoder (based on MainConcepts SDK) (32-bit) (AVC/H.264 Decoder (based on MainConepts SDK))
  • h264enc.dll - AVC/H.264 Encoder (based on MainConcepts SDK) (32-bit) (AVC/H.264 Encoder (based on MainConcepts SDK))

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npdlplugin.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npdlplugin.dll'.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npdlplugin.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@realnetworks.com/npdlplugin;version=1' with a plugin key of '@realnetworks.com/npdlplugin;version=1' for all users of the PC.

How do I remove RealDownloader?

You can uninstall RealDownloader 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 RealDownloader, 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 RealDownloader.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by RealDownloader you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win Server 2003 0%
Plugs into Mozilla Firefox
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 66.02%
Windows 10 15.80%
Windows XP 10.98%
Windows Vista 7.14%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.65%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.75%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.75%
Windows 7 Professional 10.56%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.56%
Windows 8.1 4.01%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.23%
  United Kingdom 4.23%
  Brazil 4.18%
  Germany 2.85%
  Canada 2.75%
  France 2.45%
  India 2.34%
  Japan 1.89%
  Saudi Arabia 1.89%
  Australia 1.83%
  Malaysia 1.53%
  Italy 1.53%
  United Arab Emirates 1.43%
  Netherlands 1.22%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 31.83%
Dell 23.20%
Acer 16.43%
ASUS 6.78%
Toshiba 6.16%
Samsung 3.70%
Lenovo 2.57%
Intel 2.16%
American Megatrends 1.64%
Sahara 0.72%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.31%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.56%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.05%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.78%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.53%

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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lizholderover a year ago
I have a 64 bit pc but downloaded 32 bit as requested by movie download. Is there a 64 bit and should I remove the 32 bit?