Is realsched.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of realsched.exe:









File purpose and description:

Realsched.exe runs in the background on your computer and may appear at computer startup time, running each time your system is rebooted. Always verify the exact folder and disk location as shown below, as many spyware writers attempt to use the same file names in an attempt to fool you into thinking its a safe file. The purpose of realsched is to look for automatic updates for Real Player. You can kill this realsched.exe task without any problems, just look for realsched.exe in your tasklist, highlight it and click end process. I have found this realsched.exe file to be a pain, even when I turn off this option on Real Player, it still starts this task! I always kill this task, and remove it from my startup, because Real Player sticks this junk in your startup list also. Realsched.exe is considered safe and is not considered spyware, virus, or malware related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
realsched.exe

File type:
This is an executable program

File or folder location:
This file will be found on your drive at C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, realsched.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of realsched.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!