What does the taskhost.exe file do?
The taskhost.exe process is also known as Host Process for Windows Tasks or, as the case may be, Host Process for Windows Services and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Microsoft Windows Operation System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of taskhost.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Host Process for Windows Tasks has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Host Process for Windows Tasks 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)
- taskhost.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module taskhost.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about taskhost.exe Host Process for Windows Tasks
taskhost.exe is a Windows system file. Taskhost.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
The file size is 49,152 bytes.
The file is a Windows system file. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. For this reason, 5% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
taskhost.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Host Process for Windows Tasks." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (for example Trojan.Gen or, as the case may be, Trojan.Gen.2 (recognized by Symantec), as well as TROJ_GEN.R47C2K9 or, as the case may be, TROJ_GEN.R47C7IB (recognized by TrendMicro)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics:
- A taskhost.exe file has a 75% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 134,144 bytes (25% of all these files), 5,632 bytes as well as 5 other variants. This taskhost program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run). The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Taskhost.exe is capable of monitor other applications.
- A taskhost.exe file has a 52% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 299,008 bytes. The file can be found in the Windows folder; however, it is not a Windows system file. This taskhost.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The taskhost file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Taskhost.exe is capable of supervise programs.
- A taskhost.exe file has a 50% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". In this case, the file size is usually 2,012,672 bytes (33% of all these files), 2,013,184 bytes or, as the case may be, 2,102,784 bytes.
- A taskhost.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 1,267,712 bytes (33% of all these files), 341,504 bytes or, as the case may be, 50,875 bytes.
- A taskhost.exe file has a 79% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 5,120 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 386,048 bytes.
- A taskhost.exe file has a 54% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the Windows Temp directory. In this case, the file size is usually 418,642 bytes.
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 taskhost.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 taskhost?
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 the program or Microsoft Windows Operation System
To remove Host Process for Windows Tasks 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 the program or Microsoft Windows Operation System in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if taskhost.exe (Host Process for Windows Tasks) 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 Host Process for Windows Tasks. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Host Process for Windows Tasks 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 taskhost.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.