What does the upgrdhlp.exe file do?
The upgrdhlp.exe process is also known as Upgrade Helper and is a part of RealPlayer (Version (32-bit)). This software is produced by RealNetworks (www.realnetworks.com). An obsolete or defective version of upgrdhlp.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Upgrade Helper has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Upgrade Helper 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)
- upgrdhlp.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module upgrdhlp.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about upgrdhlp.exe Upgrade Helper
upgrdhlp.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Upgrdhlp.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents".
The file size is 136,768 bytes.
This particular software is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. This process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: DEFAULT\Runonce). Upgrdhlp.exe does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Upgrdhlp.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 16% 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 upgrdhlp.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 upgrdhlp?
|Has nothing to do on your computer unless you want to activate it yourself. Put itself in MSCONFIG each time you use Realplayer. Why? ...Well you tell me! |
Summary: source: file.net
How to uninstall RealPlayer)
To remove Upgrade Helper from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for RealPlayer) in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if upgrdhlp.exe (Upgrade Helper) 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 Upgrade Helper. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Upgrade Helper 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 upgrdhlp.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.