What is pid.exe?

The genuine pid.exe file is a software component of Personal ID by Coolspot AG.
"pid.exe" is the main Windows executable file for the Personal ID software that handles secured information and internet transactions for the registered user of the software. Data is securely stored on a usb stick, coded with an identification number and registration information. It is then used to process or control what information is given out on the internet.

pid stands for personal identification number

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 pid.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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Pid.exe file information

The process known as belongs to software Personal ID by coolspot AG, Düsseldorf.

Description: Pid.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Pid.exe is located in a folder listed in the Windows %PATH% environment variable—typically C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,134,008 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 1,132,984 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file has a digital signature. Pid.exe is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Pid.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with pid.exe, you can also completely remove Personal ID (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), look for help on the website or check if there is a newer version available.

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

Tool zur Altersverifikation mit USB-Dongle (X-Check)
  Brummbaer   (further information)
Pid.exe is also the executable file for a platforming game named Pid.
  Mauni   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of pid.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving pid issues

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