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Should I remove TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,528
United States Rank #4,716
Reach 0.2456%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 22.72 days
670.14 days >
Average installed length: 352.11 days


7.0 76.57%
2.0 5.43% 9.69%

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TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility

What is TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility?

TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility is designed for High Power & High Gain Wireless , 300Mbps Wireless N Adapters, 150Mbps Wireless N Adapters, 54Mbps Wireless G Adapters.


The most common release is 7.0, 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 twcu.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 66 files and is usually about 37.31 MB (39,125,138 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.tp-link.com
Help link: www.tp-link.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\TP-LINK\TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{7A2A107B-9695-423F-9462-8F17C178BD35}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x0009 -removeonly
Estimated size: 37.31 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility

Program executable:twcu.exe
Name:TWCU Application
TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility
Path:C:\Program Files\tp-link\tp-link wireless client utility\twcu.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • RtWLan.exe - TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility (TWCU ( For Vista / Win7 ) Application)
  • twculoc.dll - TWCULoc
  • EnumDevLib.dll - EnumDevLib Dynamic Link Library (EnumDevLib DLL)
  • RtlICS.dll (by Realtek) - RtlICS Dynamic Link Library (RtlICS DLL)
  • RtlLib.dll (by Realtek Semiconductor) - RtlLib Dynamic Link Library (RtlLib DLL(IHV))
  • UserCom.exe (by RealTek) - User Command Application (User Command MFC Application)
  • RtlService.exe (by Realtek) - RtlService Application (RtlService MFC Application)
  • IpLib.dll
  • RTxAdmin.exe - RTxAdmin Application (RTxAdmin MFC Application)
  • DESKTOP.exe - DESKTOP Application (DESKTOP 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)
  • WPSProt.exe (by Realtek By Karl) - WPS Firewall Prot
  • Run1x.exe
  • wsimdbub.exe (by Atheros Communication) - wsimdbub (wsimd bind unbind utility)
  • RtlIhvOid.dll - IHV OID (IHV OID (for Vista))
  • oemres.dll - oemres (OEM Resource DLL)
  • oemresloc.dll
  • jswscpstore.dll - WCU (profile export utility)
  • RTLDHCP.exe
  • x64drv.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • ReStart.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FB6A81D7-E84F-40E9-A4A3-EE3831B076D4}' (runs on registration).
  • RTxAdmin.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F57508E5-DFF6-40A6-9B7C-B4E2FF888593}' (runs on registration).
  • UserCom.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F9E401A6-313D-4FA8-B4D0-AE606FD1B03E}' (runs on registration).
  • RtlService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7D7096FC-9620-4737-85BB-4E1AF0B925EA}' (runs on registration).
  • RtlService.exe runs as a service named 'RtlService' (RtlService).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • TWCU.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TWCU' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TP-LINK\TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility\TWCU.exe" -nogui.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • TWCU.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\TP-LINK\TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility\TWCU.exe'.
  • RTLDHCP.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\REALTEK\11n USB Wireless LAN Utility\RTLDHCP.exe'.
  • RtWLan.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\TP-LINK\TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility\RtWLan.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.62 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0019436074%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00110190%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00084170%
0.015104% average
70 average
Memory:1.07 MB
Total CPU:0.0000598285%
Kernel CPU:0.00002533%
User CPU:0.00003449%
CPU cycles/sec:144,651
I/O reads/min:4 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility?

You can uninstall TP-LINK Wireless Client 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 TP-LINK Wireless Client 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 TP-LINK Wireless Client Utility.

Win 7 (SP1) 71%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 81.75%
Windows XP 7.52%
Windows 10 6.98%
Windows Vista 3.76%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 34.74%
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.25%
Windows 7 Professional 15.50%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.39%
Windows 10 Pro 2.76%
Windows 10 Home 2.64%

Distribution by countryGeography

22.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 22.22%
  Germany 6.71%
  United Kingdom 5.16%
  Brazil 4.86%
  Italy 4.75%
  Australia 3.49%
  Israel 3.01%
  Poland 2.80%
  Spain 2.57%
  DZ 2.52%
  Mexico 2.36%
  Malaysia 2.15%
  France 2.06%
  Argentina 1.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Acer 20.94%
Dell 19.32%
Hewlett-Packard 18.05%
ASUS 10.14%
Intel 4.63%
American Megatrends 1.88%
Lenovo 1.84%
Toshiba 1.44%
Sahara 1.22%
Alienware 0.61%
Samsung 0.57%
Common models
ASUS All Series 4.89%
MSI MS-7592 3.04%
MSI MS-7680 2.91%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.51%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.25%
Dell OptiPlex 755 1.98%


TP-Link is a manufacturer of computer networking products whose products include routers, switch, wireless equipment, ADSL modems, and network adapters for PCs.
Publisher URL: www.tp-link.com


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