What does the pia_nw.exe file do?
The pia_nw.exe process is also known as nwjs and is a part of nwjs or, as the case may be, Private Internet Access (Version v81, v80, v79, v82, v76, v77). This software is produced by The NWJS Community. An obsolete or defective version of pia_nw.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- nwjs has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- nwjs has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- pia_nw.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module pia_nw.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about pia_nw.exe nwjs
pia_nw.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file pia_nw.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,260,544 bytes (70% of all these files), 1,827,608 bytes, 1,159,960 bytes or, as the case may be, 1,776,920 bytes.
There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Pia_nw.exe is capable of Change the behavior of other applications as well as monitor other applications. For this reason, 59% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves pia_nw.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about pia_nw?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall nwjs or Private Internet Access
To remove nwjs from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate nwjs or Private Internet Access in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if pia_nw.exe (nwjs) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of nwjs. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for nwjs or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or pia_nw.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.