What is mxtask.exe?

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 mxtask.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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Mxtask.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mxtask
Mxtask.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as The background task server or MXTask Background Service or The Background Task Server

belongs to software SystemSuite (version 8 Professional, 7 Professional) or VCOM SystemSuite Professional (version 6) or VCOM SystemSuite (version 5) or StuffIt Deluxe or SystemSuite Task Manager or VCOM Fix-It Utilities (version 5) or Fix-It Utilities (version 7 Professional, 11 Professional) or OntrackĀ® SystemSuite or ZipMagic Deluxe or ZipMagic

by Avanquest Publishing USA ( or V Communications ( or Avanquest Software USA ( or Allume Systems ( or Avanquest Software ( or Ontrack Data International ( or Avanquest North America (

Description: Mxtask.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mxtask.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 188,416 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 233,472 bytes and 20 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Mxtask.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you run into problems with mxtask.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ VCOM SystemSuite Professional 6 or VCOM Fix-It Utilities.

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External information from Paul Collins:
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mxtask.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mxtask.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

Task Server for the System Suite PC Utilities Suite
part of fix it program can be dissabled without problems
VCom System Suite Virus Scanner
  David Pummell   (further information)
My W98 MXTASK.EXE creates a failure when I'm using VCOM software
Part of VCom's System Suite
  Gregg Holbert  
MXTASK.exe is just one of those useless processes that can screw up
  Joe Keys   (further information)
  Himanshu   (further information)
it is part of System Suite v.whatever. It has become a pain in the keester, with its frequent failure of late, (currently using System Suite Pro v.8. Not sure exactly what it monitors, but it seems inoccuous, except when it keeps crashing and then its only affect is throwing up yet another MS notice of failure box, not unlike my Internet Explorer, et. all from MS
  Christopher   (further information)
Location: C:\Program Files\Avanquest\SystemSuite; Size 161,024 bytes; File ver is; Used be SystemSuite ver 8, It seems SystemSuite some times corrupts this file when a down load fails; It's use is for Background Service
  T Scott  
screwed my vista - blue screen on every shutdown bccode 18
It is part of SysSuite (V9), but yes, it often throws an exception (can not read memory at ####). Paul Collins comments are exactly correct, if you want the real time AV scanning (& other 24x7 stuff) you do need it running and is harmless except for these exception messages.
  John Andrews   (further information)
It is a task module from HP Systems Insight Manager, used for managing HP servers.
  Vee   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of mxtask.exe: based on 15 votes with 12 user comments. 6 users think mxtask.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks mxtask.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving mxtask issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mxtask. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the mxtask.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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