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Should I remove BOINC?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #4,123
United States Rank #3,266
Reach 0.1528%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.93 days
470.04 days >
Average installed length: 246.97 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
7.6.22 0.79%
7.6.9 3.69%
7.6.6 0.14%
7.6.2 0.05%
7.4.42 8.31%
7.4.36 5.00%
7.4.27 3.73%
7.4.22 0.05%
7.4.12 0.05%
7.3.19 0.05%
7.3.11 0.09%
7.2.42 18.77%
7.2.39 1.59%
7.2.38 0.05%
7.2.33 9.20%
7.2.31 0.65%
7.2.28 1.45%
7.2.10 0.09%
7.2.5 0.23%
7.1.1 0.05%
7.0.64 20.12%
7.0.56 0.09%
7.0.52 0.33%
7.0.44 0.09%
7.0.38 0.05%
7.0.31 0.14%
7.0.28 13.87%
7.0.25 1.35%
6.12.34 2.33%
6.12.33 0.51%
6.12.26 0.19%
6.10.60 0.75%
6.10.58 2.71%
6.10.56 0.33%
6.10.43 0.28%
6.10.36 0.05%
6.10.18 1.12%
6.10.17 0.09%
6.6.38 0.05%
6.6.36 0.37%
6.6.28 0.05%
6.6.20 0.09%
6.4.7 0.05%
6.4.5 0.19%
6.2.18 0.09%
5.10.45 0.09%
5.10.30 0.09%
5.10.28 0.09%
5.10.20 0.05%
5.8.16 0.09%
5.8.11 0.05%
54 versions

BOINC

Overview

BOINC is a program developed by Space Sciences Laboratory, U.C. Berkeley. The most used version is 7.0.64, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is boinc.exe. The software installer includes 25 files and is usually about 15.33 MB (16,073,564 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 57% of users of BOINC come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: boinc.berkeley.edu
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\BOINC\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{AA72DFB8-BA38-49C9-B5A4-A95FD62641F8}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 15.33 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by BOINC

Program executable:boinc.exe
Name:BOINC client
Path:C:\Program Files\BOINC\boinc.exe
MD5:84b50c4b417c4b2c4f199bc438d8b270
Additional files:
  • boinc.dll - BOINC Core Client (BOINC Client Platform Library)
  • boinccmd.exe - BOINC core client (BOINC Command Line Client)
  • boincmgr.exe - BOINC Manager for Windows
  • boincsvcctrl.exe - BOINC service controller
  • boincscr.exe - BOINC client (BOINC Screensaver)
  • boinctray.exe - BOINC System Tray for Windows
  • libeay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Shared Library)
  • ssleay32.dll (by The OpenSSL Project, http://www.openssl.org/)
  • libcurl.dll (by The cURL library, http://curl.haxx.se/) - The cURL library (libcurl Shared Library)
  • zlib1.dll - ZLib.DLL (zlib data compression and ZIP file I/O library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • boincmgr.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{573C6BDF-5F29-4303-A3FA-054E48BB54BA}' (runs on registration).
  • boinccmd.exe is scheduled as a task named 'PGupdate'.
Service
  • boinc.exe runs as a service named 'BOINC' (BOINC) "Downloads, executes, and uploads BOINC tasks".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • boincmgr.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'boincmgr' and executes as "C:\Program Files\BOINC\boincmgr.exe" /a /s.
  • boinctray.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'boinctray' and executes as "C:\Program Files\BOINC\boinctray.exe".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • boinctray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'boinctray' which loads as "C:\Program Files\BOINC\boinctray.exe".
  • boincmgr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'boincmgr' which loads as "C:\Program Files\BOINC\boincmgr.exe" /a /s.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • boinc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BOINC\boinc.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

boinc.exe
Memory:4.95 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0006218926%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00035646%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00026544%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:419,811
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:2
70 average
I/O reads/min:118 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:745 Bytes
105.02 KB average
boincmgr.exe
Memory:7.66 MB
Total CPU:0.0004108571%
Kernel CPU:0.00009006%
User CPU:0.00032080%
CPU cycles/sec:767,194
Switches/sec:5
I/O reads/min:483 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
boinctray.exe
Memory:2.66 MB
Total CPU:0.0000027964%
Kernel CPU:0.00000140%
User CPU:0.00000140%
CPU cycles/sec:8,400

How do I remove BOINC?

Quickly and completely remove BOINC from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall BOINC from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program BOINC, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove BOINC.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 8.1 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.84%
Windows 8 29.14%
Windows Vista 5.03%
Windows XP 4.94%
Windows 8.1 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.11%
Windows 7 Professional 15.03%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.15%
Windows 8.1 8.60%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.50%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.93%

Distribution by countryGeography

56.85% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 56.85%
  Germany 6.32%
  United Kingdom 5.86%
  France 4.20%
  Canada 3.48%
  Australia 1.74%
  Italy 1.74%
  Belgium 1.51%
  Spain 1.29%
  Brazil 1.25%
  Finland 1.21%
  Netherlands 1.17%
  Japan 1.10%
  Sweden 1.02%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 24.75%
Hewlett-Packard 23.32%
Acer 13.49%
GIGABYTE 11.08%
ASUS 10.99%
Lenovo 4.11%
Toshiba 3.75%
Intel 2.77%
Alienware 1.70%
Samsung 1.52%
MSI 1.34%
American Megatrends 1.16%
Common models
ASUS All Series 7.74%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.42%
Dell XPS 8300 3.10%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.88%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.21%
Dell XPS 8500 2.21%

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