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What’s boinc.scr (BOINC Screensaver)? Is it safe or a virus?

The file boinc.scr by University of California, Berkeley, is a screensaver that is part of the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) project. This project allows users to donate the processing power of their computers to scientific research projects.

The screensaver is designed to display visualizations of data being processed by the BOINC client, such as astronomy images or molecular simulations. It serves as a way to engage and inform users about the research being conducted using their computer's idle processing power.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes boinc.scr (BOINC Screensaver)?

We’ve found University of California, Berkeley should be the publisher of boinc.scr.

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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.

Is boinc.scr safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the boinc.scr process is safe or malware.

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  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 5, 2024

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