What is ptask.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 ptask.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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Ptask.exe file information

The process known as ptask.exe belongs to software WinSecureAv or WinSpyControl by unknown.

Description: Ptask.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Ptask.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,672 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 17,408 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The process has no file description. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Ptask.exe is not a Windows system file. ptask.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with ptask.exe, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of WinSecureAv or WinSpyControl (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ptask.exe. Therefore, you should check the ptask.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

All info which i can find on this shows it not to be dangerous. Too many links to list but is ok unless anybody else can prove me wrong?
Added by unidentified adware- recognized by Kaspersky antivirus as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.adg
  Hugo Camelo  
This program try to connect to This seems to be anormal for my PC configuration.
runs as auto dialer - creates the problem of 41.exe trojan
its indeed dangerous... check out the link...
  Mr. Sandman   (further information)
Added by unidentified adware - recognized by Kaspersky antivirus as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.adg

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Summary: Average user rating of ptask.exe: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks ptask.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users think ptask.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ptask issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ptask. 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.

To help you analyze the ptask.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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