What is pica.exe?

The genuine pica.exe file is a software component of Elster Formular by ELSTERĀ®.
The file 'pica.exe' is a Windows executable for running German tax software known as "Elster Formular." This program was created by ELSTERĀ®, which is a project developed by the German tax administration for filing income taxes. They also created "ElsterOnline," which is an online tax portal for filing taxes electronically. The file's name is pica.exe, which has no abbreviated relevance to the software and actually stands for pica--Latin for magpie (a native bird known for its huge appetite).

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 pica.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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Pica.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pica
Pica.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as pica.exe belongs to software ElsterFormular or ElsterFormular-Upgrade by unknown.

Description: Pica.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pica.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,868,288 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 1,879,040 bytes, 6,937,600 bytes or 2,524,672 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. Pica.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ ElsterFormular or ElsterFormular-Upgrade.

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


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Best practices for resolving pica issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with pica. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the pica.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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