Have you found a folder on your PC called “VulkanRT” and thinking whether is it a virus or not. Or May you want to know whether should you remove it or not. Well, In this post, I am going to talking about what is VulkanRT, how it’s get installed on your PC and should you remove it or not?
What is VulkanRT (Vulcan run time libraries or Vulkan run time libraries)?
Vulkan Run Time Libraries or shortly known as VulkanRT is a low profile cross-platform 3D graphics and computing API. Vulkan API balanced performance and usage between CPU and GPU. It is developed for real-time high-end 3d applications such as video games. The Vulkan features and the concept is almost similar to Direct3D 12.
VulkanRT was launched by Khronos Group on February 16th, 2016 and on the same day different Vulkan drivers and SDKs launched. Open Graphics Library (OpenGL) graphics API is also developed by Khronos Group. Vulkan API is a predecessor of OpenGL API.
There are mainly two reasons why you see VulkanRT on your PC:
- If you have installed LunarG SDK then you will see the VulkanRT folder on your system.
- or If you have a graphics card, and you have downloaded or update the graphics card driver then you will see the VulkanRT folder.
How the Vulkan loader installed to user systems – (Diagram)
Here more about What is Vulkan and Why You should care about if you are a gamer.
Here is the explanation of VulkanRT Graphics API
VulkanRT Virus Scanning and False Positives
Sometimes antivirus program detects VulkanRT as a virus which is actually not. This is known as a false positive. You may have come across a few files which are flagged by your antivirus programme. But that is not the case always. Once the Antivirus software updated their definition the false positives will disappear.
If you are a gamer and regularly tries high definition games, or if you have a high-end graphics card then you should keep VulkanRT. But if you are sure that games that you play don’t use VulkanRT API to run, then you can remove it.