What is Xfire.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 Xfire.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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Xfire.exe file information

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

The process known as Xfire belongs to software Xfire by Xfire (

Description: Xfire.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file Xfire.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\Xfire\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,493,776 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 3,510,160 bytes and 18 more variants. 
The software has no file description. The file is not a Windows system file. The Xfire.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). Xfire.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to do the following:
  1) uninstall the software Xfire using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) use the software publisher's support site.

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

Ein Messenger extra für spiele / Messenger for games
  KnEcHt   (further information)
Messenger for games
  d0t   (further information)
XFire is a chat program to connect gamers to their friends games easily and track their game usage.
  Andrew Fox   (further information)
Messenger for online games. Your friends can see what kind of game you do but nothing more.
Xfire game chat.
    (further information)
for a game chat program named XFIRE - if u dont have it then get rid
XFire is an usefull tool for gamers to chat ingame/record there gaming times, no virus or something like that!
  ultio   (further information)
if you play counter strike and use it as a chat program, unless you got Xfire from the official sites, it is definately a keylogger. i simply corrupted the exe which was hiding in c:\windows. it also had with it a file which was called xfire without an extention. this file contained all the data it had been keylogging from me. whether or not it had sent any away i do not know. i did not get to install zone alarm until three days after i experienced the problems that came with this virus. the problems included random freezes where I could not click anything but taskmgr still came up. avg=no gud
xfire.exe is the process of the Software "Xfire". A gamer related software where chat, video & screenshot capturing are available. Nothing dangerous here!
  Toby   (further information)
crashing my programs and interfering wiyh sound card cant remove
It's the MSN for Gamers nothing dangerous...
  Dude   (further information)
when i downloaded it, it 1st) started to make my computer freeze and became slow 2nd)when it updated automatically loads of viruese and pop-ups showed.showed everytime my computer got turned on, and poped up consistantly(every5 mins)and it wouldnt let me open up most of my documents , that including Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware(virus scan) and my internet explorer.......... IF U HAVE XFIRE, GET RID OF XFIRE,...IF YOU DONT HAVE XFIRE, DONT DOWNLOAD XFIRE
  matthew dubea   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Xfire.exe: based on 16 votes with 12 user comments. 8 users think Xfire.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users think Xfire.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Xfire issues

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