What is pidgin.exe?

The genuine pidgin.exe file is a software component of Pidgin by The Pidgin developer community.
The name of this Windows executable file is also the name of the software program, which is a multi-account messaging client that works with Yahoo, Google Talk, AIM, MySpaceIM, and many other chat clients. The software is developed by the Pidgin developer community as an open-source project. This community is based from within the website, which is the host of the community full of interested developers that work on the project, as well as the users of the software.

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 pidgin.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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Pidgin.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pidgin
Pidgin.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Pidgin belongs to software Pidgin by The Pidgin developer community (

Description: Pidgin.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Pidgin.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 45,603 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 44,658 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows core file. Pidgin.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with pidgin.exe, you can also ask for help from Support or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Pidgin).

Recommended: Identify pidgin.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as pidgin.exe. Therefore, you should check the pidgin.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.


User Comments

Pidgin is a multi-client instant messaging client. Supports 10+ different protocols such as Yahoo, AIM, Myspace IM, ETC
  Chris   (further information)
Dabei handelt es sich um eine Instant Messenger wie MSN
  Didi Meisenkaiser  
found that my pidgin.exe was a virus and was related to coier.exe when searching the internet i found nothing on coier.exe and everytime i shut down my computer the process couldnt be stopped and was using 70% of my CPU!

Summary: Average user rating of pidgin.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks pidgin.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks pidgin.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving pidgin issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with pidgin. 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 pidgin.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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