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What does the taskswitch.exe file do?

The taskswitch.exe process is also known as Alt-Tab Task Switcher Powertoy for Windows XP or, as the case may be, Powertoys For Windows XP and is a part of Alt-Tab Task Switcher or, as the case may be, Powertoys For Windows XP. This software is produced by Lou Amadio (www.ooeygui.com). An obsolete or defective version of taskswitch.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about taskswitch.exe Alt-Tab Task Switcher Powertoy

taskswitch.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Taskswitch.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 45,632 bytes (99% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 35,840 bytes.
This file contains no information about the producer or the version. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). The taskswitch file is not part of the Windows operating system. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). This taskswitch.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. Taskswitch.exe is capable of record keystrokes. For this reason, 51% 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 taskswitch.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 taskswitch?

ms powertoys TaskSwitcher ( alt + tab ) with preview.. (further information...)
nassing
Its all gd
God
Comes with the software for Logitech products. Automatically checks for software upgrades and new products, services, and special offerings from Logitech.
David
ALT TAB replacement Powertoy for Windows XP - enhances the graphics displayed when you want to switch between programs running full-screen.
Stephen
ALT TAB replacement Powertoy for Windows XP - enhances the graphics displayed when you want to switch between programs running full-screen.
John Bobit

Summary: 20 users judge taskswitch.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Alt-Tab Task Switcher or Powertoys For Windows XP

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To remove Alt-Tab Task Switcher Powertoy from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Alt-Tab Task Switcher or Powertoys For Windows XP in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if taskswitch.exe (Alt-Tab Task Switcher Powertoy) 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 Alt-Tab Task Switcher Powertoy. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Alt-Tab Task Switcher Powertoy 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 taskswitch.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.

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