How to Uninstall RealPlayer

RealPlayerRealPlayer has been labeled Badware and they’ve advised that you uninstall RealPlayer. However, understand that uninstall is not enough to remove their software. This media player will reside in your computer even after uninstalling. I’ll describe below how to completely remove RealPlayer from your computer and provide some great free alternatives to it.


Uninstall RealPlayer via Add/Remove Programs:

  1. Make sure RealPlayer is closed. You can check this by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL and looking in the task manager under Processes for “real.exe” “realsched.exe.”
  2. Click the Windows Start button, point to (All) Programs > Real > RealPlayer > Uninstall RealPlayer.
  3. The Uninstallation of RealPlayer dialog appears, showing check box choices of components that are available for uninstall. Check all the checkboxes and click Uninstall.
  4. Uninstall all the components.

Delete the RealPlayer Folders:
To delete the folders for RealPlayer located at:
C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\*.*
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\*.*
C:\Documents and Settings\[WindowsUsername]\Application Data\Real\*.*

  1. Go to My Computer.
  2. Go to C:\ or Local Disk (C:\).
  3. Go to the Program Files folder.
  4. Go to the Real folder.
  5. Delete the RealPlayer folders: C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer
  6. Go back to the Program Files folder.
  7. Go to the Common Files folder.
  8. Delete the Real folder: c:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\
  9. Go back twice to the C:\ drive and open the Documents and Settings folder.
  10. Go to your Windows username (e.g. Owner”) folder.
  11. Go to the Application Data folder.
  12. Delete the Real folder.

Delete the RealPlayer Registry Keys/Entries:
To delete the settings and configuration files for RealPlayer within the Windows Registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\RealNetworks\. Warning: This is for advanced users.

  1. Click Start > Run and type in regedit and press Enter.
  2. Locate on the left side the hive (folder) named HKEY_CURRENT_USER, double-click it.
  3. Scroll down and locate the Software hive, double-click it.
  4. Locate the RealNetworks hive, select it (highlight it) and press the Delete key on your keyboard.
  5. Close Regedit and restart your computer.

Now, RealPlayer should be completely removed from your computer. There are several free alternatives that you may be interested in. ITunes, Winamp or VLCPlayer respect your decision not to startup automatically and they don’t bombard you with unnecessary product “updates.” Additionally, they’re totally free, and their uninstallers really uninstall the program.

I would also suggest reading my article on four simple things you can do to prevent spyware/malware/adware from getting on your computer since you will probably want to run a scan anyhow.

  • RALPH KING

    whee iclik uninstall it says this item has been moved or changed this shortcut will no longer work, do you want to delete it. i did nothing it still works as it did. in the control panel uninstall it says it may have been already uninstalled but it hasn,t. where do i go from here?

  • http://www.joemanna.com Joe

    Ralph,

    You may need to download and install RealPlayer then uninstall it again. It sounds like some critical files were removed resulting in a broken installation.

    By reinstalling it, you are restoring those files, then completely uninstalling it via the steps included above.

    Let me know how it goes. :)

    ~Joe

  • Laura

    I am trying to uninstall Winamp and have some folders located in the program files that will not allow me to delete them. I would like to completely uninstall it but don’t know what to do. Any help?

  • http://www.joemanna.com Joe

    Laura,

    Winamp is separate from RealPlayer; however, I did experience the same thing. I would suggest making sure you are logged into your computer under the Administrator account, then uninstall it from there.

    Otherwise, you can also boot into Safe Mode and delete the files that way. (But make sure you attempt to uninstall it correctly via the Add/Remove Programs.)

    Then you can download and install the latest version of Winamp at http://www.winamp.com/player .

    ~Joe

  • Gabriel

    Hi:
    I reinstalled real player,
    went to start, realplayer, but there is no uninstall option???

    How do I un install it??

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Gabriel,

      This might be due to a corrupted registry. I suggest re-downloading it and uninstalling it again. Otherwise, you might want to consider a rollback/reinstall of your operating system. (No joke.)

      Let me know some more details or updates on your experience and I'll be happy to help.

      ~joe

      • Ayush

        hi
        i tried the above method but its not working. there is no uninst. option in real>real player.
         need help

  • rob

    thanks for your direction on uninstalling realplayer.

    it is totally gone now and i feel such a relief.

    you are a blessing,

    rob

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Rob,

      You're welcome. Glad you found my guide on how to uninstall RealPlayer helpful. Thanks again for stopping by to let me know. :)

      ~joe

  • joe

    Hey, thanks for the info. I thought maybe you should add HKLM\Software\Real\ as another key to delete.

    cheers,
    Joe

  • Jjag

    Hi, I have uninstalled RealPlayer but cannot get rid of the shortcut icon on my desktop. When I tried to delete the icon its says cannot find item at C drive. Do you have any idea how I can get rid of it????

    Many thanks.

    Audrey

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      This sounds like a permissions issue. I suggest try logging in as Administrator on your computer and then delete the icon. I've found several other software vendors will install RealPlayer as an affiliate/kickback arrangement more than RealPlayer actually installing it.

      Let me know an update, hope this helps! :)

      ~joe

  • sm

    thanks, that thing was a POS

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Thanks for your comment. This was the purpose of the blog entry. :)

      ~joe

  • http://vision2form.nl Tonnie

    Hi Joe,

    Nice article, just 1 comment:

    Please change the link to the article with ‘four simple things you can do to prevent spyware/malware/adware’ it now has the URL http://http//www.joemanna.com/articles/four-ways-to-protect-your-computer/

  • Lyman McGregor

    Thanks for the uninstall directions at top which finally got rid of most everything including the desktop icon. The only thing remaining is the RealPlayer11Gold installer under C:\users\my name\downloads (465K) Is it safe to just delete this?

    Many thanks….

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Yup, this should be safe to remove. It's what they call a “Stub” installer, meaning it will download the latest build from their servers if you open it. Don't need it, you're safe. :)

      ~joe

  • Ken G.

    Hi Joe,
    Your instrictions worked great! That Real Player is a pain in the butt! I am running Vista Business, and the Real Player basically never worked. It would simply stop running, making getting to the library impossible. I first deinstalled all but the library component, then reinstalled the Real Player, jumped back on it quick, moved all the files, and then ditched it for good. It was handy for d’loading vids and stuff, however, at least when it didnt crash and quit working. Are there any other programs that will d’load like the feature in RP? I am so fed up with Real Player…POS!!

    Thanks again!!

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Ken,

      Your experience sounds almost as if you “upgraded” to Vista, which older versions of RealPlayer are notorious for compatibility with. I suggest trying a different player that offers downloading and commerce to take place within them — WinAmp or iTunes. Both have their issues, but are much, much more tolerable than RealPlayer. ;)

      Hope this helps!

      ~joe

  • Mikey

    Thank you so much for all your help. I had to log out and log back in to get access to some of the files, but in the end i got the stupid thing completely off my computer! Thanks again!!

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Good to hear! Thanks for stopping by!

      ~joe

  • dave

    do you have any tips on how to use the BBC iPlayer TV / Video / Radio options without installing RealPlayer?

    Thanks

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      RealPlayer is funded by network agreements from content producers and advertisers. You might be able to uninstall RealPlayer and use RealAlternative or VLC player to play the content. Otherwise, I'm afraid your only other solution is to write to the BBC and ask for an alternative.

      REAL ALTERNATIVE: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Altern
      VLC PLAYER: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

      ~joe

  • Amy

    There isn’t an uninstall option for realplayer on my computer. I go to start, then real, and the only thing in the folder is the realplayer. Not the uninstall.

    What do I have to do? Reinstall it?

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Amy,

      Pretty much the game plan here is to download it, install, reboot and uninstall. A pain, I know.

      Afterward follow the additional steps on this page to ensure it's completely gone. :)

      Hope this helps!

      ~joe

  • serena

    thanks for the info on uninstall for real player…..it is a very bad program
    does anyone know a good program that I could download Flash (fvi) and avi files?
    thanks……..

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Within Firefox, there are legitimate addons that enable you to download Flash video files (FLV) and obviously, AVI. Try this addon to see if it helps: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/… .

      Let me know if this works for you. :)

      ~joe

  • Shadi

    Had the same problem, but it's OK now

    Make sure RealPlayer removed
    Delete the RealPlayer Folders:
    To delete the folders for RealPlayer located at:
    C:Program FilesRealRealPlayer*.*
    C:Program FilesCommon FilesReal*.*
    C:Documents and Settings[WindowsUsername]Application DataReal*.*

    1. Go to My Computer.
    2. Go to C: or Local Disk (C:).
    3. Go to the Program Files folder.
    4. Go to the Real folder.
    5. Delete the RealPlayer folders: C:Program FilesRealRealPlayer
    6. Go back to the Program Files folder.
    7. Go to the Common Files folder.
    8. Delete the Real folder: c:Program FilesCommon FilesReal
    9. Go back twice to the C: drive and open the Documents and Settings folder.
    10. Go to your Windows username (e.g. Owner”) folder.
    11. Go to the Application Data folder.
    12. Delete the Real folder.
    Delete the RealPlayer Registry Keys/Entries:
    To delete the settings and configuration files for RealPlayer within the Windows Registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareRealNetworks. Warning: This is for advanced users.

    1. Click Start > Run and type in regedit and press Enter.
    2. Locate on the left side the hive (folder) named HKEY_CURRENT_USER, double-click it.
    3. Scroll down and locate the Software hive, double-click it.
    4. Locate the RealNetworks hive, select it (highlight it) and press the Delete key on your keyboard.
    5. Close Regedit and restart your computer.

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Thanks for the tips, Shadi. I will soon update this article to reflect the best actions for Windows XP, Vista and 7 users. This depends on my risking a reinstall and right now I can't do that. Soon, I promise. :)

      Any other tips? Thanks again for commenting.

      ~joe

    • Come_fly_withme619619

      thank’s man ! This really help me.Now i am successfully completed uninstalling . And pleaes keep helping like this.

  • Shadi

    Had the same problem, but it’s OK now

    Make sure RealPlayer removed
    Delete the RealPlayer Folders:
    To delete the folders for RealPlayer located at:
    C:Program FilesRealRealPlayer*.*
    C:Program FilesCommon FilesReal*.*
    C:Documents and Settings[WindowsUsername]Application DataReal*.*

    1. Go to My Computer.
    2. Go to C: or Local Disk (C:).
    3. Go to the Program Files folder.
    4. Go to the Real folder.
    5. Delete the RealPlayer folders: C:Program FilesRealRealPlayer
    6. Go back to the Program Files folder.
    7. Go to the Common Files folder.
    8. Delete the Real folder: c:Program FilesCommon FilesReal
    9. Go back twice to the C: drive and open the Documents and Settings folder.
    10. Go to your Windows username (e.g. Owner”) folder.
    11. Go to the Application Data folder.
    12. Delete the Real folder.
    Delete the RealPlayer Registry Keys/Entries:
    To delete the settings and configuration files for RealPlayer within the Windows Registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareRealNetworks. Warning: This is for advanced users.

    1. Click Start > Run and type in regedit and press Enter.
    2. Locate on the left side the hive (folder) named HKEY_CURRENT_USER, double-click it.
    3. Scroll down and locate the Software hive, double-click it.
    4. Locate the RealNetworks hive, select it (highlight it) and press the Delete key on your keyboard.
    5. Close Regedit and restart your computer.

    • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

      Thanks for the tips, Shadi. I will soon update this article to reflect the best actions for Windows XP, Vista and 7 users. This depends on my risking a reinstall and right now I can’t do that. Soon, I promise. :)

      Any other tips? Thanks again for commenting.

      ~joe

    • Come_fly_withme619619

      thank’s man ! This really help me.Now i am successfully completed uninstalling . And pleaes keep helping like this.

  • Arne

    thanks for your helpful blog on this horror subject.
    but, i have this very strange problem: first, when trying to uninstall via standard 'remove hardware', this nazi software only removed the uninstall.exe (if there ever was one!) – after stumbling upon your blog i installed it again and thought this should solve the problem…
    only to find out that my alternative player has to be adjusted again (of course) and – believe it or not – there is NO uninstall.exe to be found anywhere. got the realsched.exe, real.exe plus lot's of other stuff.
    please, let me know what to do…
    10000 thanks,
    arne

    • http://twitter.com/joemanna Joseph Manna

      Arne,

      It sounds like you have a botched install. I would honestly suggest downloading and installing it. Following that, reboot and uninstall it. If the other files still remain, follow the steps included in my blog post to remove it. You may also want to confirm that RealPlayer/Realsched is removed from the startup items (use MSCONFIG) to be safe. :)

      Let me know if that works, or what other horrors that I don't know about yet.

      ~joe

      • Arne

        Joe,

        quote: It sounds like you have a botched install. I would honestly suggest downloading and installing it.

        - but that's what i already did… i downloaded it again, but still there doesn't appear any uninstall option in the start menues program folder; when again 'removing' via 'remove software' (before even getting a chance to follow you steps) i fear it will again tell me i did accidentally just remove something important (the uninstall-exe?…) to be necessary for the removal – that's what already happenend! I'd like to avoid that.
        But i might just try the 'remove software' ceremony again – i then let you know what happened this time.
        I already found a 'rnuninst_de.dll' and a 'r1puninst.exe' in some of the Real folders – if nothing else works, should i open one of those to make the removal work?

        thanks alot

  • Arne

    thanks for your helpful blog on this horror subject.
    but, i have this very strange problem: first, when trying to uninstall via standard ‘remove hardware’, this nazi software only removed the uninstall.exe (if there ever was one!) – after stumbling upon your blog i installed it again and thought this should solve the problem…
    only to find out that my alternative player has to be adjusted again (of course) and – believe it or not – there is NO uninstall.exe to be found anywhere. got the realsched.exe, real.exe plus lot’s of other stuff.
    please, let me know what to do…
    10000 thanks,
    arne

    • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

      Arne,

      It sounds like you have a botched install. I would honestly suggest downloading and installing it. Following that, reboot and uninstall it. If the other files still remain, follow the steps included in my blog post to remove it. You may also want to confirm that RealPlayer/Realsched is removed from the startup items (use MSCONFIG) to be safe. :)

      Let me know if that works, or what other horrors that I don’t know about yet.

      ~joe

      • Arne

        Joe,

        quote: It sounds like you have a botched install. I would honestly suggest downloading and installing it.

        - but that’s what i already did… i downloaded it again, but still there doesn’t appear any uninstall option in the start menues program folder; when again ‘removing’ via ‘remove software’ (before even getting a chance to follow you steps) i fear it will again tell me i did accidentally just remove something important (the uninstall-exe?…) to be necessary for the removal – that’s what already happenend! I’d like to avoid that.
        But i might just try the ‘remove software’ ceremony again – i then let you know what happened this time.
        I already found a ‘rnuninst_de.dll’ and a ‘r1puninst.exe’ in some of the Real folders – if nothing else works, should i open one of those to make the removal work?

        thanks alot

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    Gabriel,

    This might be due to a corrupted registry. I suggest re-downloading it and uninstalling it again. Otherwise, you might want to consider a rollback/reinstall of your operating system. (No joke.)

    Let me know some more details or updates on your experience and I’ll be happy to help.

    ~joe

    • Ayush

      hi
      i tried the above method but its not working. there is no uninst. option in real>real player.
       need help

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    Rob,

    You’re welcome. Glad you found my guide on how to uninstall RealPlayer helpful. Thanks again for stopping by to let me know. :)

    ~joe

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    This sounds like a permissions issue. I suggest try logging in as Administrator on your computer and then delete the icon. I’ve found several other software vendors will install RealPlayer as an affiliate/kickback arrangement more than RealPlayer actually installing it.

    Let me know an update, hope this helps! :)

    ~joe

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    Thanks for your comment. This was the purpose of the blog entry. :)

    ~joe

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    Yup, this should be safe to remove. It’s what they call a “Stub” installer, meaning it will download the latest build from their servers if you open it. Don’t need it, you’re safe. :)

    ~joe

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    Ken,

    Your experience sounds almost as if you “upgraded” to Vista, which older versions of RealPlayer are notorious for compatibility with. I suggest trying a different player that offers downloading and commerce to take place within them — WinAmp or iTunes. Both have their issues, but are much, much more tolerable than RealPlayer. ;)

    Hope this helps!

    ~joe

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    Good to hear! Thanks for stopping by!

    ~joe

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    RealPlayer is funded by network agreements from content producers and advertisers. You might be able to uninstall RealPlayer and use RealAlternative or VLC player to play the content. Otherwise, I’m afraid your only other solution is to write to the BBC and ask for an alternative.

    REAL ALTERNATIVE: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Real_Alternative.htm
    VLC PLAYER: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

    ~joe

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    Amy,

    Pretty much the game plan here is to download it, install, reboot and uninstall. A pain, I know.

    Afterward follow the additional steps on this page to ensure it’s completely gone. :)

    Hope this helps!

    ~joe

  • http://www.joemanna.com/blog/ Joseph Manna

    Within Firefox, there are legitimate addons that enable you to download Flash video files (FLV) and obviously, AVI. Try this addon to see if it helps: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006 .

    Let me know if this works for you. :)

    ~joe

  • michelle

    thank you,everyone for the helpful and FREE advice. im teaching myself computer basics.unfortunately,i know very little about badware and virus,worm ,and all those other in the glossary of computers for dummies.and i tend to avoid all the warnings.my daughters yell at me for MESSIN with the computer.lol…this is how i learn..

  • michelle

    thank you,everyone for the helpful and FREE advice. im teaching myself computer basics.unfortunately,i know very little about badware and virus,worm ,and all those other in the glossary of computers for dummies.and i tend to avoid all the warnings.my daughters yell at me for MESSIN with the computer.lol…this is how i learn..

  • tanya

    i have tried uninstalling real player. but it says it cannot be uninstalled coz the uninstallation files are missing. also because of this i cannot reinstall real player . plz help asap

  • tanya

    i have tried uninstalling real player. but it says it cannot be uninstalled coz the uninstallation files are missing. also because of this i cannot reinstall real player . plz help asap

  • Marte

    First of all, thank you so much for this!! It's really helpful!
    Now, I'm having some trouble with “Delete the RealPlayer Folders” step 9 -12. It's probably 'cause I'm from Norway so the names aren't the same.
    I'd be truly grateful if you could help me!!

  • Marte

    First of all, thank you so much for this!! It’s really helpful!
    Now, I’m having some trouble with “Delete the RealPlayer Folders” step 9 -12. It’s probably ’cause I’m from Norway so the names aren’t the same.
    I’d be truly grateful if you could help me!!

  • blue

    hi there

    i tried everything you said but still i cant delete this one video that keeps on playing everytime i open and close google. i need a step by step solution badly becuase the music is annoying.

  • blue

    i mean i tried following all ways to delete the realplayer files but still when i turn on my computer or open or close internet… it will still play… my roommate make fun of me…he set it up on my computer becuase he knows i hate the music very much

  • blue

    hi there

    i tried everything you said but still i cant delete this one video that keeps on playing everytime i open and close google. i need a step by step solution badly becuase the music is annoying.

  • blue

    i mean i tried following all ways to delete the realplayer files but still when i turn on my computer or open or close internet… it will still play… my roommate make fun of me…he set it up on my computer becuase he knows i hate the music very much

  • blue

    hi there

    i tried everything you said but still i cant delete this one video that keeps on playing everytime i open and close google. i need a step by step solution badly becuase the music is annoying.

  • blue

    i mean i tried following all ways to delete the realplayer files but still when i turn on my computer or open or close internet… it will still play… my roommate make fun of me…he set it up on my computer becuase he knows i hate the music very much

  • Rehv

    Yes, realplayer is very bad for your system :P

    But I disagree saying Winamp “really” unninstall the program, as it f***ing leave the shell extensions behind when uninstalling, and IMO that’s too crappy to remove on manual.

  • Rehv

    Yes, realplayer is very bad for your system :P

    But I disagree saying Winamp “really” unninstall the program, as it f***ing leave the shell extensions behind when uninstalling, and IMO that's too crappy to remove on manual.

  • http://security-wire.com/ Remove Spyware

    Why not directly use control panel and uninstall real player?

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  • Isabella

    Hi,
    I’m still on step two, but when I go to the start button and try finding realplayer, all it shows is something called ‘real’ highlighted in orange and when I go to that, there is no button saying ‘uninstall’. All it says is ‘realplayer converter’ and ‘realplayer sp’. Maybe I haven’t installed it all the way… But the realplayer shortcut button is on my desktop so I’m worried it’s gonna mess up my computer. I’ve heard that realplayer is ‘bad’. Do you have any advice for that? ‘Cause I’m horrible with technical things.

  • Isabella

    Hi,
    I'm still on step two, but when I go to the start button and try finding realplayer, all it shows is something called 'real' highlighted in orange and when I go to that, there is no button saying 'uninstall'. All it says is 'realplayer converter' and 'realplayer sp'. Maybe I haven't installed it all the way… But the realplayer shortcut button is on my desktop so I'm worried it's gonna mess up my computer. I've heard that realplayer is 'bad'. Do you have any advice for that? 'Cause I'm horrible with technical things.

  • jos

    i can’t find real player 2 uninstall its not in all programs or controll panel

  • jos

    i can’t find real player 2 uninstall its not in all programs or controll panel

  • Parleegee

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    This media player will reside in your computer even after uninstalling.

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  • MarkInPortland

    Joe Manna… a name I’ll never forget, cause he’s the one person who will help me get Real Audio Player off my computer! Thank you Joe, the coolest person on the Internet!!!

    I’m trying to get Real Player off my Vista computer, looks like I’m almost there, just trying to find the documents and settings stuff on C:

  • MarkInPortland

    Joe Manna… a name I’ll never forget, cause he’s the one person who will help me get Real Audio Player off my computer! Thank you Joe, the coolest person on the Internet!!!

    I’m trying to get Real Player off my Vista computer, looks like I’m almost there, just trying to find the documents and settings stuff on C:

  • Jvross

    When I go to Program Files Folder and try to delete Real Folder I get the message: Cannot delete rpshell.dll access is denied! Jim

  • Wrestle_gaz

    thank you , i had no idea real was so bad. Afterall, it used to be the required player for the BBC before the BBC iplayer took on its new form

  • Wrestle_gaz

    thank you , i had no idea real was so bad. Afterall, it used to be the required player for the BBC before the BBC iplayer took on its new form

  • Sara

    I uninstalled it. Now how do I delete the shortcuts? It won’t let me.

  • Sara

    I uninstalled it. Now how do I delete the shortcuts? It won’t let me.

  • Itanizu

    it does not work by WINDOW 7

  • Itanizu

    it does not work by WINDOW 7

  • Macarissa

    Hi Joe, Thanks for being here, you were recommended to help with this unistallation. My Antivirus quarintined most of my RealPlayer this morning and I don’t have a realpayer selection from my start menu in order to perform step 2, follow?
    Programs > Real > RealPlayer > Uninstall RealPlayer, does not happen. In attempting to remove the folder in my Local C:I recieve a message that says “access denied cannot remove rpchrome10browserrecordhelper.dll”
    What do I do?

  • Macarissa

    Hi Joe, Thanks for being here, you were recommended to help with this unistallation. My Antivirus quarintined most of my RealPlayer this morning and I don’t have a realpayer selection from my start menu in order to perform step 2, follow?
    Programs > Real > RealPlayer > Uninstall RealPlayer, does not happen. In attempting to remove the folder in my Local C:I recieve a message that says “access denied cannot remove rpchrome10browserrecordhelper.dll”
    What do I do?

  • Maxway

    hey i have a problem deleting “realsched” in: C:Program FilesRealRealPlayer/update. when i try to it says that it is running in real networkscheduler. I have tried to delete it, rename it and then delete it and delete real network in regedit, but it won´t delete please help me!!! Marcus

  • Maxway

    hey i have a problem deleting “realsched” in: C:Program FilesRealRealPlayer/update. when i try to it says that it is running in real networkscheduler. I have tried to delete it, rename it and then delete it and delete real network in regedit, but it won´t delete please help me!!! Marcus

  • Itanizu

    these bescribtions are not found in Win vista or in  Win 7 can u. help me?

    Thanks

  • Itanizu

    these bescribtions are not found in Win vista or in  Win 7 can u. help me?

    Thanks

  • Guest

    I have uninstalled from programs but this keeps coming up in start menu.  Please get this off of my computer  Thanks

  • Guest

    I have uninstalled from programs but this keeps coming up in start menu.  Please get this off of my computer  Thanks

  • utsav

    Hi Dude

    Thanks so much for tip. I hate real player as much as you do.

  • utsav

    Hi Dude

    Thanks so much for tip. I hate real player as much as you do.

  • utsav

    One more thing 
    I am not able to uninstall realplyer. When I tried to uninstall the realplayer for the first time from control panel It said the program is already uninstalled but it is still there and now the real player doesnt come in the control panel list as well. 
    How uninstall it in my case. Do they provide any uninstaller (which I dont think They would)?

  • utsav

    One more thing 
    I am not able to uninstall realplyer. When I tried to uninstall the realplayer for the first time from control panel It said the program is already uninstalled but it is still there and now the real player doesnt come in the control panel list as well. 
    How uninstall it in my case. Do they provide any uninstaller (which I dont think They would)?

  • Tom

    Tried everything that has been said (also the 12 steps below etc.), doesn’t work.

    I can’t delete any of the “real” maps/files…Help!!

  • Tom

    Tried everything that has been said (also the 12 steps below etc.), doesn’t work.

    I can’t delete any of the “real” maps/files…Help!!

  • Pat

    Thanks much for the great Thorough and detailed info. Was an unknown problem in there for a long time.

  • Pat

    Thanks much for the great Thorough and detailed info. Was an unknown problem in there for a long time.

  • pamsound

    Hi Joe,
    Real Player doesn’t appear in my Add or Remove Programs, just Real Arcade which I want to keep. Please tell me what to do to get rid of Real Player. Do I just follow the remaining steps you described above?
    Thanks

    • Aces Acres

      It doesn’t exist in my add/remove list either. And like an idiot when it comes to computers, I didn’t click the boxes underneath it before clicking uninstall. Hence all my movies have the realplayer icon and I have to open them with quicktime or windows media player. I’m just glad I have someone who knows how to remove it for good, really ticks me off. I’ve had it before and it always created problems. I tried reinstalling and uninstalling, nothing worked. Clearly I do not know what I am doing, but I don’t feel alone now. UGH I’ve tried the VLC player, worked great, I no longer have it, and am not installing it myself, because  of this reaplayer nightmare. I will though once realplayer is gone for good.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Joe,
    Real Player doesn’t appear in my Add or Remove Programs, just Real Arcade which I want to keep. Please tell me what to do to get rid of Real Player. Do I just follow the remaining steps you described above?
    Thanks

    • Aces Acres

      It doesn’t exist in my add/remove list either. And like an idiot when it comes to computers, I didn’t click the boxes underneath it before clicking uninstall. Hence all my movies have the realplayer icon and I have to open them with quicktime or windows media player. I’m just glad I have someone who knows how to remove it for good, really ticks me off. I’ve had it before and it always created problems. I tried reinstalling and uninstalling, nothing worked. Clearly I do not know what I am doing, but I don’t feel alone now. UGH I’ve tried the VLC player, worked great, I no longer have it, and am not installing it myself, because  of this reaplayer nightmare. I will though once realplayer is gone for good.

  • Zero

    There is a file I can’t remove thats keeping me from removing real player all the way. Its under Real>Real Player>Codecs>avcg.dll
    That avcg.dll file wont delete :/ what do I do?

  • Zero

    There is a file I can’t remove thats keeping me from removing real player all the way. Its under Real>Real Player>Codecs>avcg.dll
    That avcg.dll file wont delete :/ what do I do?

  • shin

    i cant dlt it from the C:/ and th rest of theplaces

  • shin

    i cant dlt it from the C:/ and th rest of theplaces

  • shin

    and i cant dlt any vid files too

  • shin

    and i cant dlt any vid files too

  • Linda

    Thanks for your help!  Unfortunately, I had uninstalled RealPlayer from my control panel’s Remove/Add programs first and noticed all the components of RealPlayer had not gone away.  I then searched for how to remove RP and found your site.   I have Windows XP and found that when trying your first instruction, the uninstall part of the list from RP was gone.  I went ahead and re-installed RealPlayer and then shut down my computer.  After re-starting the computer, I skipped down to your Delete the RealPlayer Registry Keys/Entries and followed those instructions.  Then I went into the Control Panel and uninstalled from there as before. It was then that the check list of components appeared for uninstalling.  That did it!  Appreciate your help. 

  • Linda

    Thanks for your help!  Unfortunately, I had uninstalled RealPlayer from my control panel’s Remove/Add programs first and noticed all the components of RealPlayer had not gone away.  I then searched for how to remove RP and found your site.   I have Windows XP and found that when trying your first instruction, the uninstall part of the list from RP was gone.  I went ahead and re-installed RealPlayer and then shut down my computer.  After re-starting the computer, I skipped down to your Delete the RealPlayer Registry Keys/Entries and followed those instructions.  Then I went into the Control Panel and uninstalled from there as before. It was then that the check list of components appeared for uninstalling.  That did it!  Appreciate your help. 

  • http://virusremovalhelps.com/help-privacy-protection-malware-removal/ privacy protection virus

    I really appreciate your step by step guide.

  • Duniilanah

    iam glad that i just uninstall my realplayer downloader following ur instruction.

  • Guest

    I can’t uninstall it: I go to start, see ‘Real’ in all programs, then ‘Realplayer’, but no ‘uninstall’ option anywhere. If I click Realplayer, it opens. If I right click it, nothing I can see as useful appears.

    • Other Guest

      You have to delete the folder itself. Make sure to go to “real.exe” or “realsched.exe” on Task Manager (under the Processes tab) and end the process before deleting the folder or it won’t work.

  • ZAYAH4EVER

    This Is TO MUCH !

  • Sundial2011

    This is for PC. I have a Mac. How do I remove RealPlayer from Mac?  And are these other alternative applications compatible with Mac?

    Also, I need the “Downloader” in the RealPlayer to download things for my classes. Do these other alternative applications have “Downloaders” too. Thanks

  • B_mohan

    thanks so much. It worked!!

  • Guest

    I can’t delete it from my Program Files. When I click delete, the following error appears:

    Cannot delete hxmedpltfm.dll: Access is denied

    Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is currently not in use.

    How do I fix this?

    • Marlonkho03

      Me too I Can’t Delte the File

  • Jonathan Quarg

    “four simple things you can do to prevent spyware/malware/adware”
    http://www.joemanna.com/articles/four-ways-to-protect-your-computer/

    You forgot the colon “:”

  • babita

    so my videos that are downloaded on my computer wont be deleted if i delete the program ? I want to insall it again cos its not working right now but want to delete it first . it is uptodate still not downloading anything

  • http://twitter.com/pinoyathletics pinoyathletics.com

    this program really sux it has effected all my other programs.

  • http://twitter.com/pinoyathletics pinoyathletics.com

    real player = real rubbish

  • Haosheng Xu

    Realplayer exists on my desktop but not in the list of uninstallable programs

  • Removing RealPlayer

    open task manager all users, start typing real, it will be that hit, its got a strange name, dont worry if you stop the wrong process, worst it could do is force you to restart your computer.

  • Marco

    You forgot to add C:ProgramData , which can only be seen if you turn on show hidden folder/files, also matt headly has more registry entries that are important, as they are file associations.

    matt headley 11 months ago
    Also HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE has a realnetworks entry.

    and

    matt headley 11 months ago
    Also HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesSOFTWARE has a realnetworks entry(ies).

    Please add these to your article

    Also add that if it says it is still runnning in the background, check taskmanager > all users > say that process name, i forgot what it is, you can find it by typing real quickly and it is most likely that hit.

  • Ed

    Thanks for the clear instruction. Adding to what others have said about running CCleaner: after following all the steps above, I ran CCleaner on a Dell Inspiron (running Windows Home premium). It turned up 76 additional references to RealPlayer. It suggested deleting all of them which I did.