What is QtWebEngineProcess.exe?

QtWebEngineProcess.exe is an executable file, usually found in the Program Files folder, which Windows uses to make some programs work properly.


It is usually to do with Origin, which is a gaming platform connecting fellow gamers, although it can also be used by other programs including these:

  • Dropbox
  • Bitlord
  • Chromium-based Qt Web Engine
  • Ring Central
  • Steam
  • Glyph

Although it is a legitimate process and not a virus, sometimes QtWebEngineProcess.exe can cause high CPU usage.

It is not a critical system file but it shouldn’t be removed or terminated if you are running one of the above programs.

If it is affecting the performance of your PC however, and using a lot of memory, it is a good idea to reinstall Origin to see if that helps with the issue.

Is QtWebEngineProcess.exe Safe?

Yes, QtWebEngineProcess.exe is safe but bear in mind that sometimes malware developers use legitimate-looking file names such as YourPhone.exe to hide them on people’s computers.

So get your antivirus program to check the app just in case.

QtWebEngineProcess.exe can still use a lot of CPU resources and cause issues. To find out more about it, check Task Manager.


QtWebEngineProcess should be in the C:\Program Files and around 22,024 bytes in size if it is legitimate and not malware pretending to be QtWebEngineProcess.

Ending the process isn’t a permanent fix for QtWebEngineProcess affecting PC performance, because when programs associated with it run on the PC it will launch again.

In order to fully remove it, you will need to uninstall any related apps as well.

Check the Spelling of QtWebEngineProcess

Although the legitimate QtWebEngineProcess isn’t a threat, and is necessary to run various programs such as Origin, Ring Central, Steam, and so on, you might still be concerned about high CPU usage.

Sometimes this can be caused by one of those apps being incompatible or corrupt in some way.

Take a look at the spelling of QtWebEngineProcess – if it is in lowercase (qtwebengineprocess) and there is more than one instance running simultaneously your computer might be infected.

Run your antivirus program to check it isn’t malware, spyware, ransomware or a Trojan.

Files ending with .exe and .dll extensions can be hidden malware.

Named after legitimate processes to confuse the PC user and make them think it’s a safe process.

Software bundles and spam emails can trick people into downloading this type of malicious data.

Sometimes questionable files are downloaded together with software installations.

A full system scan is the best way to determine whether you have any malware on your PC.

Also read: What is ‘Modern Setup Host’ process in Task Manager?

In Conclusion

If you have determined that QtWebEngineProcess is a legitimate program rather than malware pretending to be, there is no reason to delete it from your computer unless you aren’t going to use any programs it is associated with.

Ensure you keep all your programs up to date and run regular antivirus scans to keep your PC in good working order.