What is core.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 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 vertyf16 or Project1

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

by Electronic Arts ( or noOrg ( or GAS Tecnologia LTDA 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 (22% of all occurrences), 518,968 bytes and 16 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 record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% 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:

Recommended: Identify core.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as core.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.moo or not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.ngs (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec). 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

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Summary: Average user rating of core.exe: based on 12 votes with 7 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.

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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 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 core.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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