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VulkanInfo32.exe – Is It a threat or a hoax?

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as vulkaninfo32 | Type: System tools

Vulkaninfo32 is a safe API which is installed together with Nvidia, Intel or AMD drivers

VulkanInfo 32 API
The legitimate version of Vulkaninfo 32 software is a product of Khronos group

Vulkaninfo32 is a safe program related to NVIDIA drivers.[1] You can find this entry in the start menu right after downloading driver updates to your PC system. By default, it resides in C:\Program Files folder. In other words, Vulkaninfo is one of drivers' components.[2] However, if you are confused about this program and have doubts that it could be malware-related, continue reading. 

Name Vulkaninfo32
Type API – application programming interface
Distribution Installs with graphics drivers
Purpose To improve gaming and video editing experience
Created by  Khronos group
Elimination The removal is not necessary. However, as it is not a system component, it can be easily deleted manually

The legitimate version of Vulkaninfo 32 software is a product of Khronos group[3]. Vulkaninfo32.exe, just like Vulkaninfo.exe, are files that are typically included in the software pack. This software is regarded as a cross-platform graphics and computer API (application programming interface[4]) that enhances the functionality of graphics cards. The software increases the quality of graphics and helps your games run faster.

Vulkaninfo is also designed to ease the work of graphic designers so that they wouldn't have to manage the complex details of the graphics hardware. This fact might clear out the concerns for the majority of users over the legitimacy of this program. if you are dealing with the original version of this program published by Khronos, remember that it cannot be called Vulkaninfo32 virus.

As you can see, the program is clearly a great product for programmers and gamers. However, if you found it on your computer and you have no idea what is it for and what to do with it, you should save your disk space and remove VulkanInfo32. If you are in a struggle to do it properly, let Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego help you.

Vulkaninfo HD video editing
Vulkaninfo helps users who are into HD video editing

However, there are several problems related to Vulkaninfo. Some users might get irritated with the fact that the program is installed along with the driver update without their consent. After it settles on the system, it drops its executable files that are labeled as harmless.[5] People who have this file on their computers often encounter the following system errors:

  • vulkaninfo.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience;
  • vulkaninfo.exe – Application Error. The instruction at “0xXXXXXXXX” referenced memory at “0xXXXXXXXX”. The memory could not be read/written”. Click on OK to terminate the program;
  • vulkaninfo.exe has stopped working.

Moreover, there is also a possibility that a potentially malicious substitute of this program slipped to the system with the help of bundling. Thus, Vulkan Info 32 might be supplemented with highly insecure and suspicious files. In other words, they might be even potentially malignant.

In order to proof-check, whether the real version of this application was installed, check the publisher. The original publishers are Khronos. In any case, if you encountered one of the above-mentioned problems and you would like to get rid of the program that causes them, start thinking about Vulkaninfo removal.

Vulkaninfo32 software
VulkanInfo32 is a file related to Vulkan API. It is the only cross-platform 3D API.

The software is distributed in legitimate ways

The software travels as a part of NVIDIA software, Intel, or VeriSilicon. It is used to enhance gaming performance and computer graphics overall. If you'd like to avoid installing Vulkaninfo virus, you should pay attention to installation setup when installing/updating drivers.

If possible, choose Custom/Advanced settings and choose which drivers you'd like to install and which ones you'd like to avoid. It would be wiser to be cautious when installing new programs, because your system can easily get infected with potentially unwanted/unnecessary/ programs such as adware[6] or browser hijackers[7].

In order to spot Vulkaninfo 32 or any other optional software before it enters the PC, select “Advanced” settings and then watch for any pre-ticked add-ons. Once you detect them, make sure to unselect all unnecessary applications.

Vulkaninfo graphics

Remove Vulkaninfo32 if you do not need it

It is not difficult to remove Vulkaninfo 32 from the system – you can do it either manually or automatically. If you are in a hurry, the latter option might be more convenient and time-saving. However, make sure that the program is updated to its latest version to help it find all potentially components on your computer.

If a legitimate Vulkaninfo version, not a malicious one, resides on the computer, the software will not remove it. Otherwise, it will deal with this potentially malicious program in no time.

If you are not convenient with automatic removal option, you can also perform this task manually. In this case, follow our manual Vulkaninfo removal guide given below.

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To remove Vulkaninfo 32, follow these steps:

WindowsMac OS X

Get rid of Vulkaninfo 32 from Windows systems

1. Click “Start” button
2. Enter “Control Panel”
3. Find “Vulkaninfo 32” and select “Uninstall” function
4. Finish the process by clicking “OK”

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Vulkaninfo 32 and related programs
    Here, look for Vulkaninfo 32 or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
WindowsMac OS X

Erase Vulkaninfo 32 from Mac OS X system

1. Click “Go” button and select “Applications”
2. Find the “Vulkaninfo 32” in the list 
3. After selecting the program, choose “Move to Trash”

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Vulkaninfo 32 or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

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When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Alice says:
    June 6th, 2016 at 2:59 am

    I guess if it is a legitimate update, we shouldnt worry, right?

  2. Michael says:
    June 6th, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Is it really so necessary?

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