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What’s RuntimeBroker.exe (Runtime Broker)? Is it safe or a virus?

Do you use the Windows App Store? I refuse to do so... there's just something about App Stores that just don't seem right on Windows PCs. The cool thing about PCs are that you can make an app and put it out there for anyone in the world to try. Why limit yourself to a strict "store" where nothing fun to use is ever allowed to live? But anyway... Runtime Broker exists to support Windows Store apps.

RuntimeBroker.exe acts as a middleman between universal apps and the system, ensuring that these apps have limited access to system resources and user data. It helps to improve system security and stability by enforcing app permissions and preventing unauthorized access to sensitive information. However, it can sometimes consume high CPU usage, which may lead to performance issues. As you'd expect from an "App Store".

OK... I should stop talking bad about App Stores, sorry. Anyway, to check if this popular .exe is safe, make sure it's signed by Microsoft. You can do this with our free SpyShelter Antispyware app that doesn't live in an "App Store", or just check it with the Windows Task Manager.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes RuntimeBroker.exe (Runtime Broker)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of RuntimeBroker.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is RuntimeBroker.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the RuntimeBroker.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find RuntimeBroker.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 3, 2024

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