What is FahCore_78.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 FahCore_78.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.

Click to Run a Free Scan for FahCore_78.exe related errors

FahCore_78.exe file information

The process known as FahCore_78.exe belongs to software Folding or Far Cry (version 2) by unknown.

Description: FahCore_78.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. FahCore_78.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder or in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 2,338,816 bytes. 
The process has no file description. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Folding or Far Cry 2 occur, you can do the following:
  1) completely remove it (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) ask the developer,, for support.

Recommended: Identify FahCore_78.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as FahCore_78.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the FahCore_78.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

Distributed Computing Program From Stanford
  Beto0707   (further information)
genetic research from Stanford University
Folding@Home core. This process is a distributed computing process. It uses spare cpu cycles to help the research for stanford university.
  Terr0r   (further information)
Stanford University's Folding@Home Distributed Computing Project
  Mark   (further information)
If you have this it is beneficial to humanity and will not affect system performance, it simply uses spare cpu cycles. Good cause!
Very dangerous and bad proces!
Mein PC is auf High-Speed wegen diesem Trojaner
  jdb   (further information)
Runs from Stanford's Folding at Home. Good thing
This process uses spare cpu time to perform molecular research for stanford university
  Andy Gee   (further information)
Folding@Home Version 5.03 - From Google Compute
  Josafat - Costa Rica   (further information)
Folding@Home core file. If you are having problems with your computer locking up or freezing, even though this is for a good cause, it is most definately this file doing it. Run it only at night or when you are not using your computer, because it will take 100% CPU cycles.
  Cronyx Ravage   (further information)
From Stanford
Folding@home by Stanford University
It does not install by itself. User must voluntarily install it manually. It's part of a distributed scientific research program by Stanford.
  Psionic   (further information)
This is from the Folding@Home project where spare cpu cycles are used to cure cancer and other similar diseases. It is from Stanford University
  Steel57   (further information)
folding home core necessary
Used in comptuer labs at my school for research. its a good thing, it doesn't hurt anyone. it runs in lowest priority.
"Folding @ Home - Genetic Research by Stanford University
As said, the core process of Folding@Home (therefore the name fah - folding at home)
  Spoonbender   (further information)
Folding@Home Standford University
  tim   (further information)
its folding@home stanford uni
Distributed Computing. If you didnt put it on your PC one of your friends probably did.
Good cause, never have any problems with it and even leave it on while gaming, with no noticeable hit in performance.
Although I did visit folding@home, I never installed it, at least not intentionally. So either (a) it installed itself maliciously or (b) a coworker installed it without my knowledge.
Folding@Home core. This process is a distributed computing process. It uses spare cpu cycles to help the research for stanford university.
  Cpt00Kirk   (further information)
Stanford University's Folding@Home Distributed Computing Project
  John   (further information)
FahCore_78.exe Is a Distributed Computing core client from Vijay Pande and Stanford University. The client runs on multiple platforms and the project is designed to simulate protein folding and misfolding. This to support medical science research, for finding cures for lethal deseases!
  JohFraEl   (further information)
Stanford's Folding research client
  Paxa   (further information)
This process is from the Stanford University Folding at Home research project into cancer and other illnesses. The process is generated by the main client. If you did not give permission to install folding at home on your system and don't want it on your system, check with the University on instructions on how to remove it as there are different clients for doing this work, This file is downloaded automatically from Stanford from the main application so if deleted, it will just redownload itself. Note that this client, if properly setup, should only use otherwise unused CPU cycles.
  Peter   (further information)
Seems to belong to Folding@Home
It is used for folding@home, but can cause some running errors
This is from the Folding@Home project where spare cpu cycles are used to cure cancer and other similar diseases. It is from Stanford University. br br Company Name: Pande Group / Stanford University br File Description: Uses spare cpu cycles to cure cancer. br File Comments: Neither damaging or necessary.
If you have downloaded the protein folding program from Stanford you'll notice much usage of your CPU. It's a good cause.
  Jacques Tucker   (further information)
Necessary for Stanford's Folding@Home Distributed Computing Project. NOT A VIRUS!
F = Folding a=At H=Home Folding at Home Core program. Uses your spare CPU cycles to run computations on protein folding. Basically links computers from around the world into a giant supercompter to study Protein folding. This is a goog thing! It is not a virus or trojan.
  Yossarian   (further information)
it uses all my cpu and uses over 100,000k of memory
  Not Happy  
Its a distributed computing process for Stanford University, it calculates protein folding. It generally isn't a problem, and certainly isn't harmful, but can sometimes eat up a few too many CPU cycles.
  N   (further information)
As has already been mentioned, it uses spare cpu cycles to help out a big project. It's neither harmful nor necessary, but you should probably be aware that if it's running your PC is participating as a node in a super-computer farm used to process the folding of proteins.
  Dan   (further information)
FahCore is from Stanford University.
  jonny s  
One of several folding modules for Folding@home. I have been running this software for several years now and it has caused ZERO system problems. Unless you are running minimal memory it is transparent and causes no slowdown in normal system use. It does use system resources so if your gaming or using intensive programs its best to stop them.
  Shayd - BleedinEdge   (further information)
Stanford's distributed computing project
Stanford University's Folding@Home Distributed Computing Project
Folding @ Home Process. Always installed by a user.
  SL33PY   (further information)
FAH = Folding At Home
It is [part of] Folding@Home
  Anders   (further information)
It's the folding@home background process, if you haven't installed this you should run a virus/spyware checker just in case
  Chris   (further information)
NOT dangerous, settings can be changed by right-clicking on the system tray
It's part of the Folding at Home, for sure. Or at least that's how it came to be on my system. Folks that say that it eats all the CPU time just have not configured it correctly! LOL Set it to turn during screen saver only. It's all for a good cause. Keep up the good work.
Absolutely safe, folding@home project for Stanford's Distributed Computing Project
came with farcry 2 :) and used 50% watch out.
In my system it was installed by FarCry 2 (the game). You can't stop the process but you can stop the service FAH* in Services and change his initialization to manual.
i found out it was added to a release of far cry 2, when taking the steps for cracking it was added to the startup cycle.. indeed it used 50% of my cpu (dual core), i wonder how long this has been running degredating my cpu :/
Steals CPU, might be a virus in disguise. Beware.
Science computation process for Stanford's Folding@home DC project. This is a VOLUNTEER project. If you did not install this, please report it at
  Folding   (further information)
apparently not a bad file but it was too much for my core2duo @ 1.86 for gaming etc,had to remove it :/
This is the Stanford University Folding@Home engine Core. If you are participaring in the Folding@Home program this will be running in the background even if pause the work. This Stanford U and EVGA are teamed up to make maxium use of your computer when you're not using it. This client comes in 2 flavors; A CPU version and a GPU version for those people that have a NVIDIA Pysx capable GPU. There is also a CPU-based client that uses spare clock-cycles to work in. However, if you see that FahCore_78.exe is using too much of the CPU, adjust the settings to a lower value for the CPU to 5 - 10%
well, it uses 100% of my cpu, which i find very disturbing. But dont know its "FaH" that causes it, but my computer just chrashes every 1 and a half hour.
  Mikkel Alm Raksa  
this is using 93% of my CPU!!!!
also used 100% of my cpu....not very amusing and useful
Was takiing 100% of my CPU, I uninstalled it, now I'm running nice and clean, 4% of my CPU is being used. It's a good cause, but it's my computer, and I never knew I installed this.
This is usually a process for an app by Stanford University, however, there are many viruses using this name - and this virus can cause many serious CPU problems. If you do not remember installing Folding @ home, then treat this is a seriously dangerous virus! Run an AV scan.
This thing is overclocking my cpu constantly. I did not install this voluntarily. I think this virus is masking itself as Folding at Home but it is NOT FaH. FaH would not do this.
it's commonly the name of a protein folding, distributed computing program from stanford; could also be something else using the same name. it will commonly use all of a single core on your machine (e.g. 100% of a CPU); it should be set to low priority so it'll have minimum effect on your overall system.
  zuluechopapa   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of FahCore_78.exe: based on 78 votes with 65 user comments. 37 users think FahCore_78.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 27 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 8 users think FahCore_78.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade FahCore_78.exe ("not sure about it").

Do you have additional information?
What do you know about FahCore_78.exe:
How would you rate it:
Link for more info:
Your Name:

Best practices for resolving FahCore_78 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with FahCore_78. 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 FahCore_78.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.

Other processes

FahCore_78.exe [all]