Is runtimebroker.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of runtimebroker.exe:









File purpose and description:

RuntimeBroker.exe is a software program which was most likely installed by you at one time or another, or it may have arrived as preinstalled software on your PC. (It will show in your tasklist as only the name Runtime Broker). The correct file and folder location is also listed below, and should always be verified as spyware and virus writers will often use the same named file or like named files and just locate them elsewhere in attempts to fool you. This RuntimeBroker.exe tasklist file is part of the Microsoft Windows system software. This first appeared with Windows 8 and is part of their app memory management software. This RuntimeBroker.exe file is safe and is not virus or spyware related software. (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)
runtimebroker.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

File or folder location:
The location C:\Windows\System32\runtimebroker.exe is where this file is located.


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, runtimebroker.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 runtimebroker.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!