Reports have recently increased about a process in Microsoft Windows, called rcpnet.exe, believed to be located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\rpcnet.exe. This program is not considered to be a virus and has been reported to be the process of the service Remote Procedure Call by Absolute® Lojack software, protecting mobile devices, such as pads, laptops and smartphones from theft by different means. It is believed to be very difficult to remove since some claim that it can withstand factory resets or hard drive wipes.
Why Do People Consider Rcpnet Malware?
Most users may report rcpnet.exe as a virus, because of two main reasons. One of them is that they cannot remove it, since it may be located in MBR (Master Boot Record) which makes it impossible to delete ,even via software. Some even claimed to try removing it via /Root/LEGACY. However, they say that it restored itself right back after a reboot of the machine. Despite that, there might be a possibility to remove it if you installed it yourself.
The other reason that it is considered a virus is that it may sometimes pop up as malware if you scan your PC, reports claim. The only way to eliminate this is to add exceptions in your antivirus for the rcpnet.exe. Also, another symptom for believing it is a virus is that it is considered sometimes to run rcpnet.exe process that is not a part of Windows services, even though it may be located in the \system32\ folder.
Even though it is not considered a virus if a user would like to use no longer the services of Absolute LoJack, there are two ways of doing it, depending on how it is installed. If it came together with the device when you bought it, you should try to contact either Absolute®Sofware or your retailer. If you have installed it by yourself, it may be possible to uninstall it from the PC from Add&Remove.
To check if rcpnet is legitimate:
→Type ’run’ in the search engine of your Start Menu -> then type ‘MSConfig’ -> press Enter -> Go to the Services tab -> Tick where it says “Hide All Microsoft Services”
After that it is recommended to check all of the services and also see if there is Absolute Software Corp in the Manufacturer tab located next to the service that may be called Remote Procedure Call or RPC.
You should be careful for other similar processes since they may not always be legitimate and may pose risks to your computer. In case you do not have experience with identifying unfamiliar services in your computer or just don’t have the time, you may want to run a full system.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Rcpnet.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Rcpnet.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Rcpnet.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Rcpnet.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Rcpnet.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Rcpnet.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Rcpnet.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Rcpnet.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Rcpnet.exe
Step 2: Uninstall Rcpnet.exe and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Rcpnet.exe on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Rcpnet.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Rcpnet.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Rcpnet.exe and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Rcpnet.exe via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Rcpnet.exe from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Rcpnet.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Rcpnet.exe from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Rcpnet.exe from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Rcpnet.exe will be removed.
Eliminate Rcpnet.exe from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.