What is browser_broker.exe for?

The stock Windows firewall (managed via Windows Firewall Control, WFC), blocked an internet connection attempt by this file. It appears to make the connection attempt when I open Edge and navigate to a webpage.


 

What exactly is it for? Why does it need internet connection? Edge appears to be browsing fine without giving this file access to the internet.

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Hi,

Thank you for posting in Microsoft community.

We understand your concern and will certainly assist you to solve it.

Please answer the below questions for better understanding of the issue.

1. Where exactly do you get this issue? Does it happen when you use Microsoft edge, Internet Explorer 11 or any other web browser?

2. From when is this issue persisting?


Browser_broker.exe problems can be attributed to corrupt or missing files, invalid registry entries associated with Browser_broker.exe, or a virus / malware infection.

More specifically, these browser_broker.exe errors can be caused by one of the below reasons:

  • Corrupt Windows registry keys associated with browser_broker.exe / Windows 10 Operating System.
  • Virus or malware infection that has corrupted the browser_broker.exe file or related Windows 10 Operating System program files.
  • Another program maliciously or mistakenly deleted browser_broker.exe-related files.
  • Another program is in conflict with Windows 10 Operating System and its shared referenced files.
  • Corrupt download or incomplete installation of Windows 10 Operating System software.

So, please try to run a sfc scan and check.

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files.

Follow the below steps to perform an SFC scan.

1. Press Windows key + X key.

2. Select command prompt (admin).

3. Type the below command:

Sfc /scannow

Please let us know if the issue is resolved or you need any further assistance.

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1 and 2. I already answered those questions; "It appears to make the connection attempt when I open Edge and navigate to a webpage."

This isn't file corruption or anything like that, this is a windows system file located at "C:\Windows\System32\" and I want to know what it's meant for.

Static From MrElectrifyer

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Hi,

Thank you for the update.

We suspect that the browser_broker.exe is a file related to the browser and its background related functions. If you wish to learn more, please refer the query to the MSDN support as they are more capable to assist your query.

https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home

Please let us know if you need any further assistance.

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So there's no specific reason you guys have it built? In that case, I'll just block it and be done with it...
Static From MrElectrifyer

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Hi,

Thank you for the update.

We would recommend you to refer the query on the MSDN forums and ask them if it is okay to block the component as they are more qualified to assist you in this regard. However, please give us a feedback on this issue using the feedback app so that our developers and system architects can research on this issue. To open feedback app, please follow the below steps:

 

1. In the Search bar, type Windows Feedback.

2. Select the Windows Feedback icon and hence start the feedback app to provide your feedback.

 

Please let us know if the issue is resolved or you need any further assistance.

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Amarjeet_Paul, I'm sorry, but how are your replies helpful at all? MrElectrifyer has a valid question that brought me here as well. Instead of answering it or at least honestly saying something like "I have no idea" or "That's confidential" you're posting boilerplate texts. Their purpose is simply to make the impression of being polite and carrying while providing absolutely no useful or at least related information. Apparently that's an easy way to keep people away.

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This is 100% standard for this place. Official responses are useless and off-topic. The only helpful responses only ever come from the other users here. Unfortunately I also haven't been able to find what this exe actually does.

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Hi Paul,

Why do you didn´t search in MSDN ?  and after give us a clear answer,,,,

As you said, "Please let us know if you need any further assistance.....

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I found it on the MSDN site. 

https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/d8b03163-a6b5-4e54-8b67-fbaeb855b8aa/possible-bug-in-windows-wmgetdlgcode-sent-to-all-toplevel-windows-when-a-dialog-is-deactivated?forum=windowsuidevelopment

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"We suspect that the browser_broker.exe is a file related to the browser and its background related functions"

Feedback:  Maybe they failed to mention that Windows is a Microsoft product, developed by Microsoft. How do you not know the answer to the OP's question? For a Microsoft Technical Support Engineer you are completely useless.

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