Lockapp.exe on Windows 10
Windows has a lot of system programs or EXE that people do not know but Windows Task Manager shows a list of programs by using different resources on your computer. Today I am going to discuss one of the programs that actually caught my attention and that is LockApp.exe.LockApp.exe is basically a part of the Windows 10 operating system that is also responsible for showing the lock screen.
Most of the time, I saw it consuming a lot of resources and sometimes it was it not consuming any resource. When I searched about it on different forums, it found it consuming 35% of resources and even GPU as well. In this article, we are going to discuss what is LockApp.exe, and what we should do if it looks suspicious. Let’s start!
You may see a process named LockApp.exe on Windows Task Manager.
What is LockApp.exe?
Specifically, its function is to show the lock screen that appears before sign into your PC that shows a background picture, the time and date, and some other “quick status” items that you choose to show on your lock screen i.e. you can show display weather forecasts or information about new emails here.
The LockApp.exe shows the screen and all the information on it.
Most of the time this process does not perform any task. It works only when you are at the lock screen that appears when you are going to sign in to your PC, or if you lock your PC by clicking on the “Lock” option in the Start menu or clicking Windows+ L buttons. It stops working after you get sign into your PC.
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Mostly you will see in the list of Task Manager. Sometimes, some system tools inform you that LockApp.exe is running on your PC.
Does this Lock app Use Much System Resources or not?
This lock app does not use much system resources. If a system tool shows you that this lock is running for a long time then it means that your PC was locked or awaked from a long time. The lock screen was opened due to which LockApp.exe was running. And, after getting signed into your PC, then the lock app automatically stops working.
It is noticed that this lock app uses only 10-12 MB of memory at the lock screen and CPU usage becomes very low as the app does not have to do much. After we signed in, LockApp.exe stop working and use only 48 KB of memory. You can see this information on the Details tab of the Task Manager.
ThisLockApp is designed lightweight and tiny. If it appears using a lot of CPU, memory, or other resources then it means that you have encountered a significant bug in Windows that should not happen.
Is this LockApp.exe process safe?
As such there are no complaints of viruses or malware about LockApp.exe process. But you should know that it can be done by criminals or hackers. Criminals can imitate legitimate system processes and enter their malicious programs.
So, if you want to confirm that the LockApp.exe process in your computer has not been hacked then you should check its details in Task Manager. In order to confirm that follow the steps given below:
- From your keyboard, press Windows+S buttons.
- Then write “Task Manager” in the tab and press Enter key.
- Now open the Details tab.
- Right-click on the LockApp.exe and then choose Open File Location.
- Now check whether the system file is located in this folder or not:
If you notice that the LockApp.exe is not located there, instead it located in a different folder then it means that something is suspicious about your PC. In this case, you should use Auslogics Anti-Malware that will scan your system and look for malicious items and all other security issues.
How Can you Disable It?
You can disable this lock app whenever you want. It will then remove the lock screen from Windows. In other words, when you will boot, wake, or also lock your PC then You will direct seethe sign-in prompt without the first empty lock screen.
Turning it off the lock app does not save any noticeable amount of your PC’s resources. It will only let you sign in to your PC somewhat quickly. But the typical background picture on the sign-in screen will be still displayed to you.
How to disable it in Windows 10?
If you are using windows 10 on your PC or Laptop and you want to disable the LockApp.exe process then you have to perform the steps given below. Then you will only see the sign-in prompt but not the background picture or ‘quick status’ items.
- First of all, open File Explorer and then move to this path: C:\Windows\SystemApps
- Now search the ‘Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy’ folder.
- Right-click on this folder and then change its name to new name given below: Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy.backup
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