What is Origin.exe?

The genuine Origin.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. Origin.exe runs the Origin application. 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.

Origin stands for Origin Launcher

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 Origin.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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Origin.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Origin
Origin.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Origin or Outcome belongs to software Origin or Outcome by Electronic Arts ( or NoFaTe.

Description: Origin.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Origin.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,639,280 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 13,179,660 bytes and 17 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The Origin.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Origin.exe is a Verisign signed file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). Origin.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Origin or Outcome)
  2) consult's Customer Service for advice.

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If Origin.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 6% dangerous. The file size is 3,619,160 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 3,402,376 bytes, 3,639,280 bytes, 3,549,528 bytes or 3,503,088 bytes. The program has a visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The Origin.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The Origin.exe file is not a Windows system file. Origin.exe is able to monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Origin)
  2) consult's Customer Service for advice.

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

Scannt den kompletten PC und sendet die Daten an EA !!!
  Der Dude  
Scannt den PC ohne Einverständnis des Eigentümers ! Rechtlich bedenklich und seitens EA nicht Ok.
Its like steam
  Dan   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of Origin.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Origin.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think Origin.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Origin issues

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