What does the taskhostw.exe file do?
The taskhostw.exe process is also known as Host Process for Windows Tasks and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of taskhostw.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)
- taskhostw.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module taskhostw.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about taskhostw.exe Host Process for Windows Tasks
taskhostw.exe is a Windows system file. Taskhostw.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 71,792 bytes (66% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 71,848 bytes.
The taskhostw file is part of the operating system. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This file has been digitally signed by Microsoft itself to guarantee its authenticity. For this reason, 6% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
taskhostw.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 TROJ_GEN.R023C0DDN17 (recognized by TrendMicro), as well as Trojan.Gen (recognized by Symantec)).
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 taskhostw.exe file has a 84% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 1,379,328 bytes. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. This taskhostw program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The taskhostw file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. Taskhostw.exe is capable of supervise programs.
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 taskhostw.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 taskhostw?
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
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 in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if taskhostw.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 taskhostw.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.