If you are reading this article, you have probably spotted the Runtime Broker process in your Task Manager and s ' I'm wondering what it was - and maybe even why it sometimes increases CPU usage. We have the answer for you.
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This article is part of our current series explaining the different processes found in Task Manager, such as svchost.exe , dwm.exe , ctfmon.exe , mDNSResponder.exe , conhost.exe , rundll32.exe , Adobe_Updater.exe and many others . You don't know what these services are? Better start reading!
So what is it?
Runtime Broker is an official core process from Microsoft that started in Windows 8 and continues in Windows 10. It is used to determine if the universal applications that you got from the Windows Store - called Metro apps in Windows 8 - declare all their permissions, like being able to access your location or your microphone. Although it runs in the background all the time, you will likely see its activity increase when you launch a universal application. You canthink of it as an intermediary connecting your universal applications with the trust and privacy settings you have configured.
Why is it using memory?
When it is not active, Runtime Broker maintains a very low memory profile, generally occupying around 20 to 40 MB. When you launch a universal application, you will probably see the use of memory go from 500 to 700 MB.
Launching additional universal applications should not cause Runtime Broker consumes additional memory. And when you close all open universal applications, the memory usage of Runtime Broker should go back down to the range of 20 to 40 MB.
Why does it increase CPU usage?
When it’s just running in the background, Runtime Broker typically consumes 0% of your CPU. When you launch a universal app, that usage should briefly increase to 25-30%, then straighten up. This is normal behavior. If you notice that Runtime Broker regularly consumes 30% or more of your processor, displaying higher than expected memory usage or increasing usage even when you do not have a universal application running, there are some explanations friendntials.
If you've recently upgraded to Windows 10, you may have noticed that Windows likes to show you occasional tips via notifications. For some reason, this activity behaves like a universal app and initiates the Runtime Broker process. You can resolve this issue by disabling the hints. Head to Settings> System> Notifications & Actions, then turn off "Get tips, tricks, and suggestions when using Windows ".
It is also possible that your application behaves badly and that Runtime Broker uses more resources than it should. If this is the case, you will have to restrict the application Make sure the app is updated to the latest version. If that doesn't work, try uninstalling and reinstalling the app. And if that fails, make sure 'notify the developer of the problem (and if you don't need it, uninstall it in the meantime).
Can I turn it off?
No, you can't disable Runtime Broker. And you shouldn't either. It is essential to protect your security and privacy when running universal applications. It is also very light when it works properly , so there are not manyreasons to deactivate it. If you think it is behaving badly, you can still kill the Runtime Broker process by right-clicking it in Task Manager and choosing End Task.
After a few moments, Runtime Broker will restart automatically. Just know that for a few moments before launching, universal applicationswill not be able to successfully access the trust settings and may not work at all.
Can this process be a virus?
The process itself is an official component of Windows. Although it is possible that a virus has replaced the real Runtime Broker with an executable of its own, it is very unlikely. We have not seen any reports of viruses that hijack this process. If you want to be sure, you can check the location of the underlying Runtime Broker file. In Task Manager, right-click Runtime Broker and choose the "Open file location" option.
If the file is stored in your Windows System32 Folder, then you can be sure that you are not dealing with ha virus.
ThisSay it, if you still want a little more peace of mind, you can always check for viruses using your favorite antivirus . Prevention is better than cure!