What is schtasks.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 schtasks.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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Schtasks.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with schtasks
Schtasks.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Manages scheduled tasks or Task Scheduler Configuration Tool belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Sistema Operacional Microsoft Windows or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

Description: The original schtasks.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Schtasks.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 126,976 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 151,552 bytes, 182,784 bytes or 186,880 bytes. 
Schtasks.exe is a Windows system file. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is schtasks.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true schtasks.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Manages scheduled tasks". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example Trojan:Win32/Ropest.G or VirTool:Win32/CeeInject.gen!HW (detected by Microsoft), and HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic or Trojan.Win32.Bublik.ackr (detected by Kaspersky).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If schtasks.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 84% dangerous. The file size is 101,888 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, RunOnce, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file. Schtasks.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as schtasks.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the schtasks.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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Best practices for resolving schtasks issues

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