What is br_funcs.exe?

The genuine br_funcs.exe file is a software component of IBM Enhanced Backup and Restore by IBM.
A backup utility, this process is associated with ThinkVantage Tools. It routinely scans your PC and creates backups and restore points. This enables your machine to be reversed to a point predesignated in case of corruption or any issues with application functionality. Lenovo maintains support for this file since acquiring the ThinkPad line in 2005.

br_funcs stands for Backup Restore Functions

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the br_funcs.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Br_funcs.exe file information

The process known as br_funcs belongs to software Lenovo br_funcs or IBM br_funcs by Lenovo Group ( or IBM (

Description: Br_funcs.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file br_funcs.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 663,552 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,390,952 bytes, 1,216,512 bytes or 630,784 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It is not a Windows core file. Br_funcs.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of br_funcs.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the software Rescue and Recovery using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) go to the support area of the Lenovo website.

Recommended: Identify br_funcs.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as br_funcs.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the br_funcs.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Br_funcs.exe is a component of Rescue and Recovery. When the backup process runs, br_funcs.exe will be listed in the process list and will use a considerable portion of the processor. A backup will start without user intervention if regular backups have been scheduled by an administrator. Rescue and Recovery 3 schedules weekly backups by default.
  Aamir Khan   (further information)
Backup and Recovery (IBM, Lenovo), erstellt regelmäßig Backups, nützlich
  Martin Meier   (further information)
It's IBM Rescue and Recovery backup utility that runs as a shodow. Trustworthy.
Had to remove Rescue and Recovery to stop the br_funcs.exe errors
Lenovo laptops will have ThinkVantage "Rescue and Recovery" application installed. This exe runs when the backup is being created.
  Warren R  
it uses about 40% CPU load showing in window task mgr
Br_funcs.exe is a component of Lenovo's Rescue and Recovery backup application. When the backup process runs, br_funcs.exe will be listed in the process list and will use a considerable portion of the processor. A backup will start without user intervention if regular backups have been scheduled by an administrator. Rescue and Recovery is working as designed.
  Rick   (further information)
Rescue and Recovery of Lenovo. Lower its process priority to get a more responsive system.
uses 99-199% of our system resources bringing everything to a grinding halt!
  Taylor Studios  

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Summary: Average user rating of br_funcs.exe: based on 11 votes with 9 user comments. 3 users think br_funcs.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving br_funcs issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with br_funcs. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the br_funcs.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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