What is Realsched.exe – Is it a safe file, a virus, or both?

Purpose of Realsched.exe

The realsched.exe process is added to your PC when you install the RealPlayer software. The main function of this process is to schedule automatic updates for RealPlayer.

File Information

The default path of realsched.exe is C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe. The most common size of this file is 180,269 bytes.

You can find entries related to realsched.exe at the following locations in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, , -, , HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders,

Realsched.exe Startup Information

By default, the realshed.exe process is configured to load automatically when you boot your system. This feature has proved to be more of nuisance than of any genuine value. Removing realsched.exe from your startup program is not a straightforward process. Even when you remove realsched.exe from your startup programs, the process starts automatically again the next time you open RealPlayer. To permanently remove realsched.exe from your startup programs, perform the following steps:

  1. Double-click on the RealPlayer icon.
  2. Go to Tools and select Preferences.
  3. Next, highlight the Automatic Services category and click Message Centre.
  4. Here, press the Configure Message Centre option.
  5. Next, clear the Checking – Check for new message option.
  6. Finally, press Yes when prompted.

Now, you need to remove this process from your startup sequence. To achieve this, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to Start, select Run.
  2. In the Open box, type msconfig.
  3. In the System Configuration Utility window, open the Startup tab.
  4. Locate and clear the box before realsched.exe.
  5. Finally, press Apply to save the changes and click OK to exit the dialog box.

Is realsched.exe a virus?

Yes, realsched.exe is also a virus.

The realsched.exe process that belongs to RealPlayer is a safe process and is not a security threat. Please note this realsched.exe file is not a virus.

However, there is also a malicious file by the same name. This malicious realsched.exe file is associated with the Lovgate Worm and also with a variant of Tactslay, which is a Trojan.

How to ensure realsched.exe virus is not running on a PC

As discussed above, there are two known realsched.exe processes—one is genuine belonging to RealPlayer, and the other one is a virus. This is why it becomes important to ensure that only the true realsched.exe process is running on your system. To verify this, press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open the Task Manager window and click on the Processes tab to view all the current process running on your system. If you have disabled realsched.exe using the steps discussed above, but still see realsched.exe in the current processes list, it indicates that your PC is infected. Alternatively, the presence of multiple realsched.exe processes also points to a malware infection.

How to effectively remove the realsched.exe virus

If you suspect that the realsched.exe virus is present on your system, we recommend that you not delete the file manually, as doing so may cause you to lose important data. The best way to handle the realsched.exe virus and other malware infections is to run a virus/malware scan on your entire system using an antivirus tool, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and an antispyware tool, such as Spyware Cease. After you have secured your system, do not forget to run a registry scan, using a reliable tool, such as PC Health Boost to weed out the corrupt and invalid entries that may have been added to the registry by the malware.