What is InoTask.exe?

The genuine InoTask.exe file is a software component of eTrust Antivirus by Computer Associates International.
InoTask.exe schedules tasks including scans and updates for the eTrust Antivirus Suite (formerly InoculateIT). eTrust Antivirus offers protection against viruses, trojans, various malware and spyware. It syncs continuously with a main repository to stay up to date. eTrust Antivirus is considered shareware and is available for free.

InoTask stands for Inoculate Task

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the InoTask.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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InoTask.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with InoTask
InoTask.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as eTrust Antivirus Job Server or CA eTrust Antivirus belongs to software eTrust ITM or eTrust Antivirus or CA eTrust Antivirus or eTrust ITM Job Service by Computer Associates International ( or CA (

Description: InoTask.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. InoTask.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 303,104 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 229,648 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. InoTask.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with CA eTrust Antivirus or Pimaco come up, you may also uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as InoTask.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the InoTask.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

Part of CA eTrust anti Virus Program
  DwMarshall   (further information)
anti-virus scan program/signature updater
Used for E-Trust, runs the Antivirus Job Service
  Jerry Burke  
eTrust - virus scanning program
  Howard Bennett  
eTrust anti Virus Program
it's an anti-virus process for eTrust, you can kill it or leave it alone if it's causing problems. Don't kill it every time though, it is necessary.
searces for viruses on your pc
it's CA antivirus service which provide disk scanning and update distribution
  Igor   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of InoTask.exe: based on 12 votes with 9 user comments. 9 users think InoTask.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade InoTask.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving InoTask issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with InoTask. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the InoTask.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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