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Is taskeng.exe safe?

Taskeng.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if taskeng.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Taskeng.exe file information

The process known as Task Scheduler Engine or Aufgabenplanungsmodul or poilo13 belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or downloader or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or BienneSoft.

Description: The original taskeng.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file taskeng.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 166,400 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 169,472 bytes and 9 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/taskeng.exe.html 
The taskeng.exe file is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 3% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is taskeng.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true taskeng.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Task Scheduler Engine". 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 such as Worm:Win32/Silly_P2P.H or VirTool:Win32/Injector.gen!AD (detected by Microsoft), and WORM_IRCBOT.TX or TROJ_DLOADR.ZAA (detected by TrendMicro).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If taskeng.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 71% dangerous. The file size is 55,296 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 13,312 bytes or 433,664 bytes. There is no description of the program. It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). Taskeng.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

If taskeng.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 62% dangerous. The file size is 705,922 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 532,480 bytes or 55,296 bytes. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The taskeng.exe file is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. Taskeng.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

If taskeng.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 464,384 bytes.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as taskeng.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the taskeng.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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User Comments

It's meant to be a task scheduler. It can be used to set up all sorts of automated things in your system. But of course it can also be a loophole for all sorts of fun and funny viruses, such as "potato farmer", which lags your system by putting HUGE files named potato on your desktop, or ones that play creepy music when you don't want it to, etc etc
  Sigontu  
When used in conjunction with the at.exe command, both of which run with system level privledges, a bad guy could do all sorts of nifty things, like allowing lateral movement within a network.
   
its task scheduler
  sam  
I deleted after heavy trojan behavior, no more problem, no Windows program ask where is taskeng.exe, I live without taskeng.exe one year without any virus or trojan suspicious problem, after I deleted jast told, thamks God, no more problem, simple delete and forget all problem, yes its part of Winds but unnessesary
  mariska mama  
Don't delete this file if its where it should be. (Sys32). It will slow things down if you're on the net and its running. I temporarily disable it with Winpatrol. Should only be one instance of this running, if you have 2, it could be Malware Etc'.
  M. Smythe  
Run's timed app's !!! past in run: %SystemRoot%\system32\taskschd.msc /s And you can alter these app's (funny pages,urls, updates, etc....
  LD_Viper  
i used control alt delete after i deleted it on task manager and it works normal my computer doesn't see it coming up any more
  Infinite65  
could be used to host malware, however could also be used to contain task scheduling DLLs related to Windows 7. Use process explorer to examine the DLL and Handles (opened files, mutex , etc ) it has in order to inspect anything suspicious If it consumes too much CPU, dump it and inspect it and then kill it
   
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of taskeng.exe: based on 64 votes with 9 reviews.
34 users think taskeng.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 15 users think taskeng.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade taskeng.exe ("not sure about it").


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