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I remember when I was younger, when I was bored, I would go through the Program Files folder on my computer and then wonder what half the programs were. If you were to open your C-Drive and then Program Files (x86), you would find a folder called VulkanRT. Some people worry that this might be a virus of some kind or a program that is stealing information. So, in this article, we’re going to look at VulkanRT, explain what it is, where it comes from, and what it does. If you do want to remove it, we are going to explain the best way to do that.

What is VulkanRT?

There has been some speculation that VulkanRT (Vulkan Real-Time Libraries) is a virus on your computer. However, after looking at multiple computers and going into the Program Files (x86), it’s easy to see that it’s highly unlikely a virus that is affecting various computers.
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So what is VulkanRT? It is a program created by the Khronos Group, a non-profit company based in America that produces free application programming interfaces (APIs). Khronos Group has created the next OpenGL with VulkanRT. VulkanRT is a cross-platform 3D graphics and computational API which assists the graphics card (GPU) and the core processing unit (CPU) to compute the 2D and 3D graphics in a more efficient way. In addition to helping achieve higher performance from the GPU and CPU, VulkanRT can be used for parallel tasking and rendering of 2D applications.

Is VulkanRT Harmful to Your Computer?

VulkanRT may not have been on your computer initially, and the one day it appeared, so it is understandable to consider it a harmful software. However, we can confidently say that it is not malware or a virus. Since GPU manufacturers use VulkanRT to get better performance out of the GPU and AMD uses it for their CPU, it has been installed by those companies when recent updates were released.

Knowing that major corporations like AMD, NVidia, and Radeon have installed VulkanRT, should leave you at ease about having the program installed on your computer.

Can You Remove VulkanRT?

Knowing that VulkanRT isn’t harmful, why would you want to uninstall it? VulkanRT improves the efficiency of your GPU with specific game titles. In addition to helping the GPU with certain games, it also assists the CPU to run specific 2D programs efficiently too, so we highly recommend leaving VulkanRT installed on your computer.

If you are sure that none of the games you play, or none of the programs you use require VulkanRT, then you can uninstall it reasonably easily, and quickly as well. A word of caution, though, once uninstalled, VulkanRT cannot be installed by itself, or manually. If you uninstall VulkanRT and realize you need it for specific programs, you’ll need to do a complete driver install for your GPU.

We also don’t find much use in uninstalling VulkanRT. If you were to uninstall VulkanRT, and then go ahead and update the drivers for your CPU or GPU, VulkanRT would be reinstalled on your computer because it is part of the driver package, and it does not require your permission to be installed.

How Do You Remove VulkanRT?

The easiest way to go about removing VulkanRT is by going through the Control Panel.

  • Open you C Drive and go to Program Files (x86)
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  • Scroll down until you get to VulkanRT and open the file.
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  • You will see an “Uninstall” .exe file, run that and follow the uninstall wizard.
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It is that easy.

You could also do it this way:

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  • Press Windows Key + R to open a Run window.
  • In the run box type appwiz.cpl and then hit OK.
  • In the list that appears, find Vulkan Run Time Libraries. Right-click on it and select Uninstall/Change.
  • Follow the steps and finish the uninstall process.

Final Thoughts:

Is VulkanRT a virus or malware? No, it is a trusted program, created by Khronos and installed on your computer through companies like Nvidia, AMD or Intel. It aims to help your GPU and CPU run efficiently when rendering either 3D games or 2d programs. You can remove it if you want, but it will be installed again with the latest updates for your GPU and CPU. So don’t be alarmed, let VulkanRT do its thing, and forget about it as if it weren’t even there.