What is Scheduler.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 Scheduler.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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Scheduler.exe file information

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

The process known as Driver Booster Scheduler or Scheduler (bPc) or (Rhinoback Secure Online Backup Manager) Scheduler (version (32bit))

belongs to software Scheduler Application or Driver Booster or Ricoh e-Reader (version 6) or Rhinoback Secure Online Backup Manager

by SoftThinks ( or Hewlett-Packard Company ( or IObit ( or Rhino USA or Software- und Organisations-Service GmbH, Fax (version +49 30 861 3335, eMail

Description: Scheduler.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Scheduler.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 892,928 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 872,448 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The Scheduler.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program has no file description. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Scheduler.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 63% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Scheduler.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 26% dangerous. The file size is 1,003,328 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 1,009,952 bytes and 12 more variants. Scheduler.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The Scheduler.exe file is a Verisign signed file. Scheduler.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with Scheduler.exe, you can also do the following:
  • get help from the software vendor Javacoolsoftware
  • verify that you have installed the latest version
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of MRU-Blaster Scheduler or Norman Security Suite (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

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

looks like spyware very much, reinstalls after Spybot S&D and after AdAware
  Eric Lankreijer  
Just part of MRU problem
HP laptop backup software - C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\
hp one day backUp C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\Scheduler.exe
HP Laptop backup reminder within C:\windows\SMINST size 892,923 bytes modified 2/15/2006 and created 2007 along with other files and folder. This version should be safe/needed. Other versions/locations would need further research.
This file is part of Planet Backup. Scheduler.exe is developed by QSX Software Group. It’s a hidden file. This files starts on Windows startup. Scheduler.exe is usually located in the %WINDOWS% sub-folder and its usual size is 715,912 bytes.
  RA   (further information)
Part of HP backup manager. C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\Scheduler.exe Found it during fresh install of windows - picked it up at driver installation phase, prior to connecting to internet.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Scheduler.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. 3 users think Scheduler.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think Scheduler.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Scheduler issues

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