What is pia_manager.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 pia_manager.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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Pia_manager.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pia_manager
Pia_manager.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process pia_manager contains no information about the creator.

Description: Pia_manager.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file pia_manager.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,817,658 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 8,757,066 bytes and 21 more variants. 
There is no file information. It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Pia_manager.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

VPN client for PrivateInternetAccess
  Ken McVay  
Part of PrivateInternetAccess, an anonimyzation vpn program for web access.
This program is part of the Private Internet Access VPN Client software, which gets installed at "c:\Program Files\pia_manager" by default.
  Jonathan McComb   (further information)
Part of the Private Internet Access VPN client
  Roger   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of pia_manager.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think pia_manager.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving pia_manager issues

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