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What does the realsched.exe file do?

The realsched.exe process is also known as RealNetworks Scheduler or, as the case may be, realsched.exe" -osboot and is a part of RealPlayer (Version (32-bit)) or, as the case may be, RealOne Player (Version (32-bit)). This software is produced by RealNetworks (www.realnetworks.com). An obsolete or defective version of realsched.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about realsched.exe RealNetworks Scheduler

realsched.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Realsched.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents" - often C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 185,896 bytes (33% of all these files), 180,269 bytes as well as 9 other variants.
Realsched.exe was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Realsched.exe has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. Realsched.exe is capable of hides its presence from system tools, track other applications as well as log keyboard entries. For this reason, 45% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A realsched.exe file has a 43% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 295,512 bytes (22% of all these files), 296,056 bytes as well as 13 other variants. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). This realsched program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run). Realsched.exe is capable of make itself undetectable by other programs, monitor other applications as well as record keystrokes.

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 realsched.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 realsched?

RealNetworks RealPlayer
Used for updates probably, part of the Real Player- a media program
Real player scheduler has a number of auto start execution points (Startup files (all users) run, Autoplay handler). (further information...)
John A.

Summary: 39 users judge realsched.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 12 users consider it harmless. However, 51 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 28 users have already deleted realsched.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall RealPlayer) or RealOne Player)

realsched.exe RealNetworks Scheduler fix

To remove RealNetworks Scheduler from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for RealPlayer) or RealOne Player) in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if realsched.exe (RealNetworks Scheduler) 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 RealNetworks Scheduler. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for RealNetworks Scheduler 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 realsched.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.

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