What is boincmgr.exe?

The genuine boincmgr.exe file is a software component of BOINC Manager by Space Sciences Laboratory.
BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) is a program that lets you donate your idle computer time to science projects. It was originally developed to support SETI but quickly became useful for many projects in various areas like mathematics, climatology, medicine, environmental science, molecular biology, and astrophysics. You can offer computing power to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and other types of scientific research. It was developed by researchers at the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California. The BOINC Manager is the control panel for BOINC. It provides a graphical interface for monitoring and controlling the BOINC Client.

BOINCMgr stands for BOINC Manager for Windows

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 boincmgr.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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Boincmgr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with boincmgr
Boincmgr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as BOINC Manager for Windows or World Community Grid for Windows belongs to software BOINC client or World Community Grid - BOINC by Space Sciences Laboratory ( or World Community Grid.

Description: Boincmgr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Boincmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,543,232 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 4,150,016 bytes and 6 more variants. 
Boincmgr.exe is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, Run). The file is digitally signed. Boincmgr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with boincmgr.exe, you may want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of World Community Grid or BOINC (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), search the support area on the Worldcommunitygrid website or update [1][2] the program.

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

Prgramm für "verteiltes Rechnen" vom SETI-Project
belongs to boinc.exe
  Wizzkid007   (further information)
Sever Program zu SETI
BOINC client software
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New Seti@Home Projects client
  Pianandrill   (further information)
Client software for SETI and other distributed computing projects
used to allow pc to participate in data crunching screensaver
  stxcep   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of boincmgr.exe: based on 9 votes with 7 user comments. 8 users think boincmgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving boincmgr issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with boincmgr. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the boincmgr.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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