What is boinc.exe?

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 boinc.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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Boinc.exe file information

The process known as BOINC client belongs to software BOINC client by Space Sciences Laboratory (

Description: Boinc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Boinc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,302,824 bytes (9% of all occurrences), 426,752 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with boinc.exe, you can do the following:
  1) completely remove BOINC (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) go to the support area of the Berkeley website
  3) search for an update on the vendor’s website.

Recommended: Identify boinc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as boinc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the boinc.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

Part of SETI@home computing
  Gabrijel   (further information)
A software platform for distributed computing using volunteered computer resources
  Wizzkid007   (further information)
Help Software (like SETI@HOME)
BOINC Client program
  Chris Peel   (further information)
It is the gui of the boinc system
  mobilemurdock   (further information)
BOINC=Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing,programm/plattform die man zum berechnen von wissenschaftlichen projekten wie seti@home, climateprediction oder einstein@home braucht.
  chris   (further information)
BOINC Client program
BOINC = Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing
From Berkeley Univ. Replaced SETI at Home. BOINC can run other programs Rosetta for protien folding. If you don't know what it is, you do have a problem. You or someone with access to your compter should have installed it.
Grid Utility from Berkeley
  softsmyth   (further information)
BOINC client, needed for running distributed computing projects using the BOINC infrastructure
  Ruben   (further information)
If it doesn't respond to Add/Remove Programs command, may be a Trojan, in which case it's been known to steal processing power. I have not heard of privacy violations involving BOINC, though there are unscrupulous or foolish people who try to increase their rankings in the BOINC community by tricking people into installing it under false pretenses. BOINC is meant to be a tool that facilitates support for research projects that need computer processing power. Search on Internet for 'BOINC' if you need more information.
  Jason Goatcher   (further information)
In simple English, boinc.exe is the driver for the World Community Grid. Anyone (that includes you) can join the Grid, allowing it to use the spare time and space on their computer to be used for humanitarian research. It doesn't come with Windows, so someone or something MUST have loaded it. If you haven't loaded it, be suspicious; if you have, good on you..
  Gordon   (further information)
It's good, it is a program that helps scientists cure diseases or discover new particles by using the spare cpu power.
Lots i've been running BOINC projects for over a decade. Anyone who says it is an essential Windows process doesn't know what they're talking about. It's only essential if you plan to run any projects offered by BOINC such as Seti@Hm (probably the best known project). I've never had any reason to suspect BOINC created any problems in Windows or any other program, although it may have its own problems in working correctly depending on how your PC is configured and how much or how little effort you put into following instructions and learning how to use the BOINC manager effectively, which allows you to determine the days/hrs BOINCE projects are allowed to run, how much CPU/GPU/HD/RAM they're allowed to use etc. I'm currently running Einstein@Hm & Rosetta@Hm. In the past I've also run Milkyway@Hm LHC@Hm Here's a current list of available projects:
  Roy   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of boinc.exe: based on 22 votes with 15 user comments. 14 users think boinc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks boinc.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving boinc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with boinc. 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 boinc.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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