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If you run Microsoft Edge Browser and see the Task Manager, you can see that the Browser_Broker.exe process also works in the background. When you close the Edge Browser browser, this process also disappears.
For your information, this process is linked to the Microsoft Edge browser and must run in the background for the browser to work, and you cannot simply exit the Browser_Broker.exe process by selecting it and clicking the “Exit Task” button, you cannot do this and it will not happen.
Browser_broker.exe is an important system process that Microsoft has locked into its new operating system to prevent users from doing so.
Browser_Broker.exe, if located in the System32 folder, is a legitimate file of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It starts when you start the on-board explorer and ends when you close the on-board explorer.
When you start Microsoft Edge Browser, four processes are launched – and browser_broker.exe is one of the processes launched by svchost.exe and is required for Edge to work properly.
Risks related to Browser_broker.exe
Browser_broker.exe itself is not a malicious file. In fact, it is an important system file that is required for Microsoft Edge to work. However, there will be problems associated with this executable.
Legitimate problems with the operating system, such as corrupted Windows registry keys, can affect Browser_broker.exe. This may be due to incorrect installation of the operating system or update and upgrade problems. In addition, another program may accidentally delete Browser_broker.exe. All these circumstances will result in error messages or even problems with Microsoft Edge.
A notable case is when malware intentionally deletes or damages Browser_broker.exe. The purpose of malware is to copy or imitate the behavior of the executable file. It will attempt to mislead the user and possibly the security program by pretending to be a system file. Malware that behaves in this way is difficult to detect without the help of security programs.
Can I delete Browser_Broker.exe?
Because Browser_Broker.exe is an Edge-related process, deleting it may crash your browser. Even if you delete the executable file, Windows will probably rebuild the deleted component the next time you start it.
Note: You may have noticed that you cannot simply stop the browser_broker.exe process by clicking on Finish the task. This happens because the process is one of the few Microsoft processes that is locked.
A better way to prevent the Browser_Broker.exe process from invoking is to use another browser. Consider using another popular browser such as Chrome or Firefox or Internet Explorer 11 if you want to stay in the Microsoft sphere.
Browser_Broker.exe high CPU load
If the Browser_Broker.exe process consumes a high CPU, you must run the System File Checker to replace this potentially corrupted file with a good copy.
If Browser_broker.exe is elsewhere, it is very likely that the file is malware. Perform a complete system analysis using security software to ensure this.
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