You just installed Windows and updated all the important drivers, then you see there is a program in your system called Vulkan Runtime libraries, which you did not install manually. At this moment people freak out. As they think it is a virus or some kind of malware, somehow got installed automatically.
Detailed Guide To Remove Vulkan Runtime Libraries
Before we get into the whole thing, let me say that Vulkan Runtime libraries or Vulkan RT are not a malicious program, and it is completely safe to keep in on your computer. Moreover, if you are a gamer, removing it might cause many graphic issues.
Vulkan Runtime Libraries
Vulkan RT is installed with your graphic driver automatically. It is a collection of programs that aims to provide additional features and services, mainly for games and 3D software. Khronos Group made it to provide direct control over the GPU and lower CPU usage. You can compare the program to OpenGL and DirectX.
Disclaimer: Some people are reporting that after removing Vulkan RT, Windows Defender stopped from displaying malware attack information about win32/subtab!blnk virus. Do remember, even if that happened to you, it has nothing to do with the library itself, and the virus is still intact.
On the other hand, most games nowadays need this program to run smoothly, like Dota 2, Rust, Need for Speed, Ashes of Singularity, Doom, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, Ark Survival Evolved, etc. So if you remove it, these and many other games will stop working. Do remember, if you uninstall Vulkan RT from your computer it is extremely hard to re-install those manually. To do that you will have to delete and re-install your graphic driver.
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Uninstall Process of Vulkan Runtime Libraries
If you are sure that there is no program on your computer that needs this feature, and you just have to uninstall it, follow the instruction below.
- Press Start and type ‘Control Panel’.
- Open the first result and select ‘Uninstall a program’.
- Or you can Press Windows Key + R to open a Run window.
- On the window type ‘appwiz.cpl’ and then hit OK.
- Then scroll down till you find ‘Vulkan Runtime Libraries’.
- Right-click on it and hit ‘Uninstall’.
As I mentioned earlier, there is no real reason to uninstall the program. It is not a virus or malware and most of the time, removing it will create more issues than resolving any. If you want to know more about it check the Wikipedia page for Vulkan.