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What does the php-cgi.exe file do?

The php-cgi.exe process is also known as CGI / FastCGI and is a part of PHP or, as the case may be, Genie Timeline Professional. This software is produced by The PHP Group. An obsolete or defective version of php-cgi.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about php-cgi.exe CGI / FastCGI

php-cgi.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file php-cgi.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 39,936 bytes (71% of all these files), 49,230 bytes or, as the case may be, 53,760 bytes.
It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file contains no information about the producer or the version. For this reason, 49% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A php-cgi.exe file has a 50% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 57,344 bytes (33% of all these files), 49,230 bytes or, as the case may be, 43,520 bytes. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The php-cgi file does not supply any version information or other description.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves php-cgi.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about php-cgi?

php-cgi.exe is part of PHP developed by The PHP Group
Mike
was in C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\MICROSOFT SHARED\DAO\PHP\MANIFEST\php-cgi.exe after i installed phpDesiger and cracked it, i dont have web servers on PC. Kaspersky antivurus sayed its Trojan.Win32.Siscos.csg, its truyed to access svchost.exe
mail
exe file need at the time of php configuration with IIS
Debasis

Summary: One user judges php-cgi.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted php-cgi.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall PHP or Genie Timeline Professional

To remove CGI / FastCGI from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate PHP or Genie Timeline Professional in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if php-cgi.exe (CGI / FastCGI) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of CGI / FastCGI. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for CGI / FastCGI or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or php-cgi.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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