Microsoft Edge WebView2 process activity

RickC

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I'm using Windows 11 (22000.51.210619-2323.CO_RELEASE) on a Dell Latitude E7450 I'm using as a test device whilst I look around. Note that I haven't yet connected this laptop to my home network, let alone the internet.

I had Process Monitor (ProcMon) running when I noticed the amount of msedgewebview2.exe events being captured. (I also had the Services MMC snap-in, an elevated PowerShell console and a File Manager window open.)

I stopped what I was doing, filtered on the msedgewebview2.exe process and let ProcMon chunder on capturing events.

The number of events quickly became overwhelming so I stopped ProcMon's capture and looked at just one single minute's worth of events (from 21:51:01 to 21:52:02):

ProcMon_WebView2.png

The results show 2980 msedgewebview2.exe events... the overwhelming majority being related to network settings in the Windows registry. That's an average of almost 50 events every single second.

Does anyone else see similar results? This is a standalone laptop doing nothing... supposedly. Does anyone know why this Edge control is continually querying network settings?

For those who don't know (and I didn't at first), Microsoft Edge WebView2:

allows you to embed web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) in your native apps. The WebView2 control uses Microsoft Edge (Chromium) as the rendering engine to display the web content in native apps. With WebView2, you may embed web code in different parts of your native app. (Microsoft Docs)

That's fine, except as far as I know neither ProcMon, Services, PowerShell console nor File Manager use web technologies... and I wasn't running any other apps.
 

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I wish we could uninstall the WebView2 crap. .
 

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RickC

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I wish we could uninstall the WebView2 crap. .

It's on my ToDo list to look at. I'm amazed my laptop has any oomph left to run MY programs. I cannot think of any reason why I would want it bolted on to an OS by default... and I'm only ever going to use Edge to download an alternate browser. :)
 

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JMedlock83

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It's on my ToDo list to look at. I cannot think of any reason why I would want it bolted on to an OS by default... and I'm only ever going to use Edge to download an alternate browser. :)
I use Edge as my default browser, but I don't need the Webview stuff.
 

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    AMD Radeon R290
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    Pavilion 27xi
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    AMD FX 8350
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    Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
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    16GB
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    AMD Radeon R290
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    AOC 27"
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RickC

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I use Edge as my default browser, but I don't need the Webview stuff.

Wait until MS mandate developers include support for WebView in their apps... just so it doesn't die a slow and painful death like Silverlight.
 

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    i5-5300 @ 2.30 GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell 0D8H72
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 5500
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Samsung PM851 128GB SSD
    Browser
    Edge
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JMedlock83

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Wait until MS mandate developers include support for WebView in their apps... just so it doesn't die a slow and painful death like Silverlight.
lol haven't seen Silverlight be mentioned in a while
 

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    Windows 11 Pro x64
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    PC/Desktop
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    AMD Ryzen 1800X
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    Asus Crosshair VI Hero
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon R290
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Pavilion 27xi
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
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    NZXT
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    MX Master
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    Browser
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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    AMD FX 8350
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    Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R290
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    AOC 27"
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    1920X1080
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    250GB Intel SSD
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RickC

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I wish we could uninstall the WebView2 crap. .
I updated to Windows 11 22000.65.210704-1725.CO_RELEASE and confirmed that WebView2 processes were still running amok.

I used Geek Uninstaller to uninstall the WebView2 app, restarted and now Windows 11 is more responsive on my test laptop (which only has 4GB RAM).
 

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    Dell 0D8H72
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 5500
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JMedlock83

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I updated to Windows 11 22000.65.210704-1725.CO_RELEASE and confirmed that WebView2 processes were still running amok.

I used Geek Uninstaller to uninstall the WebView2 app, restarted and now Windows 11 is more responsive on my test laptop (which only has 4GB RAM).
IS BS that we have to install and run a 3rd party software just to get rid of it. That means that we are only getting rid of "2", instead of 3 since we are having to run a 3rd
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 1800X
    Motherboard
    Asus Crosshair VI Hero
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon R290
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Pavilion 27xi
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    WD 500GB SSD
    4TB HDD (extra storage)
    PSU
    Apevia 1100 Watt Worlock
    Case
    NZXT
    Cooling
    Air Cooling
    Keyboard
    Logitech Ergonomic
    Mouse
    MX Master
    Internet Speed
    150Mbps/5Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome/Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD FX 8350
    Motherboard
    Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R290
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Intel SSD
    500GB Seagate
    PSU
    Cougar CMX 1000w
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RickC

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IS BS that we have to install and run a 3rd party software just to get rid of it. That means that we are only getting rid of "2", instead of 3 since we are having to run a 3rd

Geek Uninstaller is a portable app so no installation is necessary.

I'm just doing a 'Reset' now so I can see what - if any - difference a couple of tweaks, including removal of WebView2, make to the restart times.

Update: Hmm, a 'Reset' did NOT reinstall WebView2 (which surprised me)... so I'm about to carry out an 'inplace' upgrade to dump Windows 11 22000.65.210704-1725.CO_RELEASE back on top of itself.

Further update: Bearing in mind that I've already used this same mounted ISO before to carry out an 'inplace' upgrade, I'm at a loss why I'm now seeing this (two attempts, both failed with same error):

setup_failed_to_validate_the_product_key.png

I used Rufus to create a new installer USB and carried out a clean install of Windows 11 22000.65.210704-1725.CO_RELEASE.

There was little to no difference in the restart times before and after uninstalling WebView2.
 
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  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E7450
    CPU
    i5-5300 @ 2.30 GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell 0D8H72
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 5500
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Samsung PM851 128GB SSD
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
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