What does the RealPlay.exe file do?
The RealPlay.exe process is also known as RealPlayer and is a part of RealPlayer (Version (32-bit)). This software is produced by RealNetworks (www.realnetworks.com). An obsolete or defective version of RealPlay.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- RealPlayer has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- RealPlayer has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- RealPlay.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module RealPlay.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about RealPlay.exe RealPlayer
RealPlay.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. RealPlay.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 26,112 bytes (58% of all these files), 488,968 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The RealPlay file is not part of the Windows operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). RealPlay.exe is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 44% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves RealPlay.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about RealPlay?
|Apparently not a risk |
|seems to automatically arise when running real player. |
|Realplay.exe is adware. Pop-ups offering products such as mp3 players will occur in the form of the Real Player message center even if the program is not running |
|this take more cpu usage |
|this take more cpu usage. Any body can tell me why this player while playing take more cpu usage some times my cpu occupied more than 90% i have celeron 3.3ghz processor. |
Summary: 2 users judge RealPlay.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 7 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 5 users have already deleted RealPlay.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall RealPlayer)
To remove RealPlayer from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate RealPlayer) in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if RealPlay.exe (RealPlayer) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of RealPlayer. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for RealPlayer or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or RealPlay.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.