What does the Boot.exe file do?
The Boot.exe process is also known as taskmgr and is a part of Acer Empowering Technology or, as the case may be, Acer ePower Management. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of Boot.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- taskmgr has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- taskmgr 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)
- Boot.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module Boot.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about Boot.exe taskmgr
Boot.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file Boot.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
The file size is 579,584 bytes.
The program appears as a window on the desktop. There is no internal description of the file. This Boot program is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Boot.exe is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 36% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A Boot.exe file has a 50% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 102,400 bytes. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
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 Boot.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 Boot?
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Nyunt Zaw Oo
|boot.exe is a common name for the executable that is run in removable media (like a USB thumbdrive or USB 'memory stick'). This executable is automatically executed when you insert the stick or card or whatever your removable media is. |
Summary: 3 users judge Boot.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted Boot.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Acer Empowering Technology or Acer ePower Management
To remove taskmgr from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Acer Empowering Technology or Acer ePower Management in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if Boot.exe (taskmgr) 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 taskmgr. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for taskmgr 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 Boot.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.