What is comppkgsrv.exe? Why Is It Running on My Computer?

comppkgsrv.exe stands for Component Package Support Server, an executable file primarily used for managing and installing Windows updates and software components. This file is completely legitimate and is by Microsoft to help with the installation, removal, and modification of software components.

Some users have found that comppkgsrv.exe is triggered by running Facebook and YouTube on the Chromium web browser. If you have come across this file, you might have tried closing it from the task manager. This might temporarily close comppkgsrv.exe, but it will reappear as soon as you run a task that requires it to function properly.

1. Check your System For Malware

Malware can disguise itself as comppkgsrv.exe to silently run in the background without being noticed by the user. If you cannot find comppkgsrv.exe in the system32 folder, there is a high chance that it is malware. Therefore, you should scan your Windows system for malware to avoid potential infection.

There are many reliable third-party antivirus software options that you can use to scan your Windows PC for malware. To select third-party antivirus software, please refer to 5 BEST Antiviruses for Windows.

  1. For demonstration, we will use Windows Defender to scan Windows.
  2. Press the Win key and type Windows Security.
  3. Open the security app and select Virus & Threat Protection
  4. Click Scan Options and select Full Scan. This will check all your files and programs on your hard drives to remove any malware present on your PC.
  5. Once done, click Scan Now and wait for it to be completed. This could take up to 1 hour or more.
  6. Once done, check if the issue is resolved.

2. Uninstall the Chromium Web Browser (if applicable)

comppkgsrv.exe is also triggered by running the Chromium web browser. If you have it installed on your PC, you can uninstall it or avoid using it to stop seeing comppkgsrv.exe in the task manager.

As long as you don’t open the Chromium web browser, comppkgsrv.exe should not be triggered.

  1. Right-click the Start Menu and select Run to open the utility.
  2. Type Appwiz.cpl and click OK to open the Programs & Features window.
  3. Here, right-click the Chromium browser and select Uninstall.
  4. Once done, comppkgsrv.exe should not be triggered.

Hamza Mohammad Anwar

Hamza Mohammad Anwar is an intermediate JavaScript web developer with a focus on developing high-performance applications using MERN technologies. His skill set includes expertise in ReactJS, MongoDB, Express NodeJS, and other related technologies. Hamza is also a Google IT Certified professional, which highlights his competence in IT support. As an avid problem-solver, he recreates errors on his computer to troubleshoot and find solutions to various technical issues.