The VulkanRT Virus Scare
The software package known as VulkanRT has recently caused a bit of commotion online. There have been posts on various forums and online communities, made by people who got confused by the sudden appearance of an entry named "VulkanRT" in their installed programs list. Some users were surprised and confused by the new entry and, not knowing what it was, assumed it was a virus and communicated their fears online.
In reality, VulkanRT is not a threat or a malicious piece of software. The RT in the name stands for "runtime libraries". Vulkan, on the other hand, is the name of a graphical API, similar to DirectX and OpenGL. Vulkan is developed by a multi-corporation group consisting of huge IT names such as Intel, NVidia, AMD, Google and Apple. The purpose of the API is to provide a more optimized way to play back media and is a technology used in a number of recent computer games.
The reason why VulkanRT has started appearing in people's list of installed programs is that graphics card makers, most notably NVidia, AMD and Intel, started bundling the runtime libraries needed by Vulkan with their driver downloads. A recent driver for any current graphics card will also unpack and install VulkanRT. This should not be cause for alarm as the VulkanRT component is just another tool that the Vulkan API needs to work properly.
Is It Safe to Remove?
Having Vulkan installed with your video driver does not necessarily mean that your system will ever need to use the Vulkan API. If you do not have any games installed that have support for Vulkan and it is a selectable renderer in the menus, chances are you will never use Vulkan in your everyday work or when watching other digital media. Still, it bears repeating that VulkanRT is not a malicious component or some sort of virus, so there is no cause for alarm. It is equally safe to remove the component, as this will not make your graphics card suddenly stop working.
Malware makers could potentially use the ripple of panic and try to produce future malware that tries to pose as the legitimate VulkanRT component.
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