How to remove the shutTask virus

Most antivirus programs identify shutTask.exe as malware.

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ShutTask.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with shutTask
ShutTask.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as TV IR appears to belong to software TV IR by unknown.

Description: ShutTask.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The shutTask.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 110,592 bytes (56% of all occurrences), 221,696 bytes or 177,664 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The shutTask.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. ShutTask.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 73% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with TV IR come up, you could also do the following:

Recommended: Identify shutTask.exe related errors

Important: You should check the shutTask.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 shutTask issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active shutTask process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the shutTask.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

shutTask.exe [all]