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Should I remove Realtek WLAN Driver?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #462
United States Rank #333
Reach 1.3864%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.79 days
524.67 days >
Average installed length: 275.67 days


Package:1.00.0026 0.16%
2.00.0021 11.34%
2.00.0020 30.63%
2.00.0019 0.29%
2.00.0018 0.38%
2.00.0017 0.51%
2.00.0016 29.21%
2.00.0015 0.10%
2.00.0013 27.37%

Other programs by Realtek Semiconductor

Realtek WLAN Driver

What is Realtek WLAN Driver?

The REALTEK WLAN 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 used version is 2.00.0020, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. 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 main program executable is Rtlihvs.dll. The software installer includes 16 files and is usually about 7.02 MB (7,361,425 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.realtek.com.tw
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Realtek WLAN Driver
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{9D3D8C60-A55F-4fed-B2B9-173001290E16}\Install.exe -uninst -l0x9
Estimated size: 7.02 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by Realtek WLAN Driver

Program module:Rtlihvs.dll
Name:Windows IHV Service for a Realtek Wireless Device
Realtek IHV Service
Path:C:\Program Files\Realtek WLAN Driver\Rtlihvs.dll
Additional files:
  • Rtlihvs.dll - Windows IHV Service for a Realtek Wireless Device (Realtek IHV Service)
  • SetVistaDrv64.exe - SetVistaDrv64 Application
  • SetVistaDrv.exe - SetVistaDrv Application
  • SetDrv.exe - Setup Driver (SetDrv)
  • SetDrv64.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • SetVistaDrv.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A52C70F4-F473-4950-B9AB-39F9075A4A6A}' (runs on registration).
  • SetDrv64.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EAA814D0-E516-40D4-AA40-637DE8A0C0F8}' (runs on registration).

How do I remove Realtek WLAN Driver?

You can uninstall Realtek WLAN Driver 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 WLAN Driver, 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 WLAN Driver.

Win 7 (SP1) 54%
Win 8 0%
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 56.31%
Windows 10 43.30%
Windows XP 0.28%
Windows Vista 0.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.33%
Windows 8.1 17.96%
Windows 8 11.74%
Windows 10 Home 9.83%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.48%
Windows 7 Professional 3.18%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.59% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.59%
  United Kingdom 5.82%
  Canada 4.22%
  France 3.48%
  Germany 2.99%
  Australia 2.29%
  Italy 1.52%
  Netherlands 1.25%
  Mexico 0.90%
  Belgium 0.86%
  Japan 0.77%
  Spain 0.69%
  Saudi Arabia 0.67%
  Ireland 0.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 98.39%
Acer 0.83%
Hewlett-Packard 0.38%
Dell 0.34%
ASUS 0.07%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite C855D 6.85%
TOSHIBA Satellite L755 6.44%
TOSHIBA Satellite C655D 6.33%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855 5.05%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 5.03%

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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Computer_Genuisover a year ago
Do not uninstall!