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What’s WsaSettingsBroker.exe? Is it safe or a virus?

WsaSettingsBroker.exe serves as a broker for managing the settings within the Windows Subsystem for Android, acting as a crucial intermediary that ensures secure and efficient communication between various applications and processes. This broker plays a vital role in handling requests from applications with lower privileges, enabling them to execute actions or access resources that typically require higher authorization levels. Such an approach significantly boosts security by managing how software interacts with essential system resources.

The Windows Subsystem for Android, a groundbreaking initiative by Microsoft, permits the execution of Android applications directly on Windows 10 and Windows 11 platforms. It effectively creates a seamless bridge between Android and Windows ecosystems, allowing for the integration of Android apps into the Windows environment. This development opens up a broad spectrum of Android apps and games to Windows users, previously accessible only on Android devices, thereby expanding the functionality and adaptability of their PCs.

Central to this subsystem is a dedicated virtual machine that establishes a compatible setting for Android apps to operate within Windows, making it possible for these apps to function as though they were native to the Windows environment. This includes interactions with Windows features and hardware. The Microsoft Store, in partnership with the Amazon Appstore, serves as the gateway for downloading and installing a diverse range of Android applications.

Designed with a focus on performance and integration, the subsystem offers support for mouse and keyboard inputs and the use of Windows peripherals with Android apps. It also prioritizes security and privacy, running Android apps in a protected container to isolate them from critical Windows system components, thereby safeguarding user data while affording the flexibility associated with Android applications.

In March 2024, Microsoft announced plans to discontinue the Windows Subsystem for Android. This decision might be attributed to the lack of support for Google Play, possibly leading to limited usage among Windows users and prompting Microsoft to cease its support. Alternatively, the move could represent a strategic choice to realign its competitive stance against Google.

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Who makes WsaSettingsBroker.exe?

We’ve found Microsoft Corp. should be the publisher of WsaSettingsBroker.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: March 8, 2024

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