Vulkan Run Time Libraries in Windows 10: what you need to know about it

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Many Windows 10 users panic when they detect the presence of Vulkan Run Time Libraries on their computers. The program appears under Programs and Features and is published by LunarG, Inc.

When Vulkan installs on users’ computer, there is no pop-up window to inform them about its presence. As a result, when Windows 10 users see Vulkan Runtime Libraries on their list of programs, they fear it’s a malicious software.  Of course, in order to remove malware and other threats, feel free to have a look at our top with the best antivirus software to use on your Windows PC.

Vulkan Run Time Libraries appears on Windows 10

I noticed an entry in my Programs & Features that I did not intentionally invite. The install date is the same day as the latest Microsoft Visual C+, and the same day as the last NVidia driver updates, March 12th – 2016. The program is titled “Vulcan Run Time Libraries 1.0.3.0” and is published by “LunarG, Inc.”  Does anyone know what is its’ purpose, how it would have managed to get on my PC, and is it a security issue?

Vulkan Runtime Libraries’ role on your computer

Rest assured, Vulkan is not a malware, there’s no need to delete it. Actually, Vulkan is a relatively new graphics standard, just like OpenGL and DirectX. It provides high-efficiency, cross-platform access to modern GPUs used in a wide variety of devices from PCs and consoles, to mobile phones.

There’s been much fuss around Vulkan lately, due to the win32/subtab!blnk virus. Some users reported that after removing Vulkan Run Time Libraries, Windows Defender stopped from displaying malware attack information. They quickly concluded that removing Vulkan was the solution to this “new” malware problem.

There is no connection between Vulkan and the win32/subtab!blnk virus. As a result, you should simply leave the program on your computer; removing it may cause various graphics issues, especially when playing games.

Speaking of games, there are a series of games that support Vulkan Run Time Libraries, including Dota 2, Rust, Need for Speed, Ashes of Singularity, Doom, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, Ark Survival Evolved, and more. If you regularly play one of these games, avoid uninstalling the tool.

But I still want to remove Vulkan Runtime Libraries

As stated above, we strongly recommend that you keep this tool on your computer. However, if you still want to delete Vulkan Runtime Libraries, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to Control Panel > select ‘Uninstall a program’
  2. Scroll down to Vulkan Runtime Libraries > select it > click Uninstall.

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