What is qtask.exe?

The genuine qtask.exe file is a software component of Quicken by Intuit.
"qtask.exe" creates desktop notifications and alerts for all versions of Quicken software. The file is optional and serves as the desktop alert function. It can safely be disabled. The file notifies the user when an application extension is being used by another program when it can be set to operate through Quicken. It also handles notifications for things like news, earnings, and stock details. It should not be confused with "qttask.exe" which has a double "t" in the name. That file manages taskbar functionality for QuickTime. The company known as Intuit is a global provider of financial software for both consumers and businesses. Quicken is a registered trade name of Intuit, Inc. and they provide several versions of financial software like Starter, Deluxe, and Premier. They also offer rental property software and home/business software.

Qtask stands for Quicken taskbar

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 qtask.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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Qtask.exe file information

The process belongs to software AcroRdWin by MS.

Description: Qtask.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Qtask.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 1,233,408 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. Qtask.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run, DEFAULT\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. qtask.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If qtask.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 466,944 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The qtask.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run, DEFAULT\Run). The qtask.exe file is not a Windows system file. Qtask.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs.

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


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Summary: Average user rating of qtask.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving qtask issues

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