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What is psia.exe?

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 psia.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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Psia.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with psia
Psia.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Secunia PSI Agent belongs to software Secunia PSI by Secunia (www.secunia.com).

Description: Psia.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Psia.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 993,848 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 994,360 bytes and 9 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/psia.exe.html 
The program is not visible. The psia.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The psia.exe file is not a Windows core file. Psia.exe is a Verisign signed file. Psia.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You could uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Secunia PSI).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as psia.exe. Therefore, you should check the psia.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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User Comments

It downloads 120 MB every time I start up my computer
  Hoyt  
Harmless file. Part of Secunia PSI. Uninstall Secunia software if you don't like it.
  fred   (further information)
It is indeed for Secunia PSI Agent -- yes it downloads data it checks to see if all your programs are up to date upon booting I removed because it does use a bit of resources
  Travis   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of psia.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.


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Best practices for resolving psia issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with psia. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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



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