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What is taskhost.exe?

Taskhost.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if taskhost.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Taskhost.exe file information

The process known as Host Process for Windows Tasks or Værtsproces for Windows-opgaver or HostProctocal belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Microsoft Windows Operativsystem by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: The original taskhost.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. taskhost.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 49,152 bytes (97% of all occurrences), 54,272 bytes or 50,688 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/taskhost.exe.html 
Taskhost.exe is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. Taskhost.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 3% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is taskhost.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true taskhost.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Host Process for Windows Tasks". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example Gen:Variant.Zusy.10792 (detected by BitDefender), and TROJ_GEN.R3EC2BG or TROJ_SPNR.11J311 (detected by TrendMicro).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If taskhost.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 63% dangerous. The file size is 126,976 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 1,074,176 bytes and 10 more variants. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. Taskhost.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications.

If taskhost.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 61% dangerous. The file size is 456,192 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 131,072 bytes and 4 more variants. The program is not visible. The taskhost.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). There is no description of the program. Taskhost.exe is able to manipulate other programs, record inputs and monitor applications.

If taskhost.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 386,048 bytes.

If taskhost.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 1,887,232 bytes.

If taskhost.exe is located in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 742,400 bytes.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as taskhost.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the taskhost.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.



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User Comments

It is started by services.exe which is itself does not look good.
  Rehmat  
Host Process for Windows Tasks or taskhost.exe (microsoft)
   
Task Host - Generic Host Process for Windows 7 32-bit Services. Loads 50-60% of CPU.
  Alex  
keeps my computer from shutting down
  Cindy Faust   (further information)
Essential for Windows
   
eats a lot of cpu its a system process it is started when firefox started when restarting pc it is disabled but returned when loading a heavy program
  firoo  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of taskhost.exe: based on 14 votes with 6 user comments.
5 users think taskhost.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think taskhost.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade taskhost.exe ("not sure about it").


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