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How to remove the taskmanager virus

Most antivirus programs identify taskmanager.exe as malware, e.g. Symantec identifies it as W32.Spybot.Worm, and TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_SPYBOT.ABK.
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Taskmanager.exe file information

The process known as Mediaware Task Manager (version 3.0) appears to belong to software Mediaware Task Manager or Patch by Mediaware (www.mediaware.at).

Description: Taskmanager.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file taskmanager.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 357,728 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 13,179,660 bytes or 1,269,760 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/taskmanager.exe.html 
There is no file information. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Taskmanager.exe is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). Taskmanager.exe is able to monitor applications, record inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify taskmanager.exe related errors

If taskmanager.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 4% dangerous. The file size is 188,416 bytes. The program has a visible window. The program can be removed using the control panel Add\Remove programs applet. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows system file.
In case you experience problems using taskmanager.exe, you may want to uninstall the software Mediaware Task Manager using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).

If taskmanager.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 28% dangerous. The file size is 10,240 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows system file.

If taskmanager.exe is located in a not identifiable folder, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 10,240 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "SysRes" definitely not required. Added by the ELIPTER.A WORM!

Important: You should check the taskmanager.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.


User Comments

  Bob   (further information)
If taskmanager.exe is in your System32 folder it's probably a virus.
  Jihad Haaji  

Summary: Average user rating of taskmanager.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments.
2 users think taskmanager.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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