How to remove the mstask32 virus

Most antivirus programs identify as malware—for example Symantec identifies it as Downloader.Trojan, and McAfee identifies it as

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The process does provide any valid information about its producer.

Description: is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 37,217 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 37,224 bytes or 37,216 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The process has no file description. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows system file. appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous.

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Important: You should check the 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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Best practices for resolving mstask32 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active mstask32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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