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What is QT Web Engine Process? Is it safe?

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Windows uses hundreds if not thousands of background processes to keep running as we see it, and so do a lot of the programs that we all use. While it’s pretty much necessary for a program to have a few background processes running depending on its purpose, at times this gives threat actors the opportunity to slip malware onto PCs.

In this article, we’re taking a look at the QT Web Engine Process, what it does and whether or not it’s safe to keep it around on your PC.

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What is the QT Web Engine Process?

The process, named QtWebEngineProcess.exe is a software component of the Qt WebEngine, It is a web browsing engine built for embedding web content into Windows apps

The process is often related to a number of programs including but not limited to 

  • Origin
  • Ring Central
  • Dropbox
  • Bitlord
  • Steam
  • Glyph

And any other programs that might need to show web content within the application Window.

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Is it safe to keep it on your PC?

Yes, while the process isn’t exactly necessary for Windows to function, a lot of programs depend on it and abrupt termination of the process can cause the aforementioned programs to stop working properly. 

The process executable file is located in C:\Program Files and should be 22,024 bytes in size. If you notice the executable stored out of place, or being abnormally large in size, chances are it’s not the legitimate process. 

Sustained high resource usage can suggest a malware infection

If the process is using too much CPU or any other system resource on a sustained basis, first up, check the programs that use it to make sure they’re working properly. If they are, you most likely have a malware or virus infection on your PC.

Another thing to keep in mind is the spelling of the process. If you see the process in all lowercase (qtwebengineprocess) on your PC, chances are it’s malware or virus and you should immediately remove it from your PC. In any case, run a full system scan to check for any possible infections and remove the process executable from your computer to stay protected.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: