You might have seen 2 mysterious processes by the name nvbackend.exe and nvstreamsvc.exe running the background lately. With all the virus scares of the recent days this may look like some unauthorised process that is running in the background and hogging a lot of your system resources. Fret Not – these are processes installed and run by Nvidia drivers for your video graphics card.
Now for more information on nvbackend.exe and nvstreamsvc.exe and whether you need to have these processes running. let’s take a step back and remember when you got the graphics card (or when you got the system) – the graphics card maker Nvidia ships with lots of programs and driver softwares and sadly the truth is that you DONOT need all of them to extract the full potential of your graphics driver.
When talking about Nvidia Graphics cards, it is recommended to update the driver software often as it enhances the performance of your graphics card. But doing so often leads you to install some unwanted driver or software – one of which is called Nvidia GeForce Experience. What this tool does is that it can make automatic configuration changes to the system on the basis of all the games you play on your system. Also, Nvidia GeForce Experience is a cloud-based program which means it gets all its updates regularly from the cloud to work with new cards, drivers, hardware and even new games that launch. But the truth is that this program is best suited only for gamers who need regular tweaks to support new and resource intensive games.
Here’s how you can uninstall GeForce Experience that will remove nvbackend.exe process:
- Goto Program and Features (refer screenshot below)
- Locate Nvidia GeForce Experience x.x.x.
- Right-click on Nvidia GeForce Experience x.x.x. and select Uninstall/Change from the context menu.
- Follow the instructions and uninstall this program.
The above process removes both nvbackend.exe and nvstreamsvc.exe .
But if you need the tweaker software and not needing nvstreamsvc.exe – follow the instructions below. nvstreamsvc.exe is program / process that is run by the Nvidia Streamer Service which is used by Nvidia’s Shield console. It could alsobe used by other streaming related services by Nvidia. Here’s the step by step guide to only remove nvstreamsvc.exe :
- Press Windows Key + R to open the run dialog
- Type services.msc and hit enter
- Once the Windows Services Manager opens up. Find Nvidia Streamer Service and double-click it.
- Now change the startup type to disabled.
- Also click on the stop button afterwards to stop the service from running in this session.
Hope the above tip helped you to remove unwanted processes from your system.