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Is realplay.exe safe?

Realplay.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if realplay.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Realplay.exe file information

The process known as RealPlayer or RealOne Player belongs to software RealPlayer (version (32-bit)) or RealOne Player (version (32-bit)) or Micros Fidelio Opera Print or Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius by RealNetworks (www.realnetworks.com).

Description: Realplay.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. realplay.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" - mostly C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 26,112 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 208,941 bytes and 14 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/realplay.exe.html 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices). Realplay.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
You have the option to do the following:

  • go to the support area of the Real website
  • check the vendor’s website for a newer version
  • completely remove RealPlayer (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs)

Recommended: Identify realplay.exe related errors

If realplay.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 204,845 bytes. The program has no visible window. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file. Realplay.exe is able to monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "RealDownload" is not required to run at start up. Download manager. Available via Start -> Programs
  • "realplay lptt01" definitely not required. Variant of the RapidBlaster parasite (in a "RealPlay" folder in Program Files). It is not recommended you manually uninstall RapidBlaster but use RapidBlaster Killer - see here. Note - this is not RealPlayer which can have the same executable name
  • "Realplayer One" definitely not required.
  • "RealTray" is not required to run at start up. System Tray icon for RealPlayer. If you subsequently start RealPlayer manually it adds itself back to the start-up list. You can stop this from happening by right-clicking on the tray icon and disabling StartCenter via Preferences

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as realplay.exe. Therefore, you should check the realplay.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Eats up huge amounts of CPU memory, even when I'm not using it. Considering removing the program. Had the worse time working on my computer while this thing hogged up memory.
This is an adware (similar to a virus), if it takes up a large percentage of your CPU, I strongly recommend you ask whichever anti-virus program you are using to move it to the virus vault.
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Is sometimes listed twice in Windows Task Mgr. suspicious!
It's part of RealPlayer. It has some irritating processing leak or something. My Quad core processor is sitting at 25% all the time because of this. Try updating RealPlayer to the most recent version.
It seems that there is some error with Realplayer that causes it to in some cases randomly spike you CPU and eat up massive resources. Not sure what causes it.
CPU is on 100% because of this. Sometimes my laptop turns off itself. I think this s... is the problem.
It is a major resource hog. Get rid of it asap!
It sometime uses about 1 gHz of my CPU and makes my browser crash.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of realplay.exe: based on 21 votes with 9 reviews.
2 users think realplay.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 5 users think realplay.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade realplay.exe ("not sure about it").

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