What is core.exe?

The genuine core.exe file is a software component of Origin by Electronic Arts.
Origin is a PC client for the online platform, Origin, designed for the digital distribution of video games published by Electronic Arts. Core.exe is a critical process associated with the Origin client. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Origin (formerly EA Download Manager, EA Downloader and EA Link) is a digital rights management (DRM) and distribution system from Electronic Arts that enables users to acquire computer games published by Electronic Arts, and download, update and procure relevant news and information regarding their purchases. The software has been known to display advertising and is sometimes regarded as malware. Electronic Arts (EA) in an American company that develops and distributes video games. Electronic Arts is the world's fourth largest video game company by revenue, generating more than $4 billion annually. The company was founded by Trip Hawkins in 1982 in San Mateo, California, and grew with several successful acquisitions. The company began creating games for consoles as early as 1990. Electronic Arts is currently headquartered in Redwood City, California, USA.

core stands for EA Download Manager application core

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 core.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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Core.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with core
Core.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as EA Download Manager or GAS Tecnologia - Core or Game Manager or vertyf16 or Project1

belongs to software EA Download Manager or GAS Tecnologia - Protection or Game Manager or Project1 or exacqVision Server or SnailGame Game Engine or Battlefield (version 2142)

by Electronic Arts ( or GAS Tecnologia LTDA or UkrGameSoft or Exacq Technologies or noOrg ( or SnailGame.

Description: Core.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The core.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 847,160 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 518,968 bytes and 27 more variants. 
The core.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Core.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with core.exe, you can also do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as core.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_COINMINE.CH or TROJ_GEN.R047C0EDO16 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the core.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

EA Games Downloader, downloads updates and news on EA Games. Could possibly display adverts but very rarely and does not spy that I'm aware of.
Starts up automatically after EA Link is installed, however I do not know if it is needed to run EA games purchased through EA Link
EA Downloader
Core.exe - if located in the folder Electronic Arts/EADM/ is Electronic Arts Download Manager file. It's not a necessary file for windows, it is part of autostart and gets installed with amongst other games, Sims3.
EA downloader, non essential unless you're downloading EA game content, or activating an online EA game purchase. Sort of like EA: Steam lite, only you don't have to run your games through it
It starts automatically at login, but doesn't appear to continue running.
A version is related to Exacqvision Recording services
Core.exe and Warsaw are required installations to Banco Itau's (Brazilian Bank) website or stand alone software. It can hog your memory, it is almost impossible to remove.
  Jim Davis  

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Summary: Average user rating of core.exe: based on 12 votes with 8 user comments. 6 users think core.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving core issues

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