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What’s cofire.exe (Corrupted File Recovery Client)? Is it safe or a virus?

Cofire.exe is a process related to Microsoft Windows and is responsible for recovering corrupted Windows OS files, during system updates, or other OS changes.

I believe this process attempts the restoration of important data from documents and images that have been affected by Windows OS system malfunctions, malicious software, or unexpected shutdowns.

While searching online, I found several users who had OS problems regarding this executable. I found this .exe on my own PC and on the other PCs in our cybersecurity lab, but it doesn't appear to have a user interface that can be run and investigated further.

As long as this .exe is signed by Microsoft it should be safe to have on your PC, and it seems to be important for avoiding major issues in case an OS update or some other unexpected Windows issue shows up on your PC.

So in summary, thanks cofire.exe for all the things you may have done to help me without me even knowing. :)

Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs

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Who makes cofire.exe (Corrupted File Recovery Client)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of cofire.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

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