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 taskeng.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.
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 C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 192,000 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 169,472 bytes and 11 more variants.
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 user reviews.
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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 the user's profile folder, 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: Run, MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). Taskeng.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.
If taskeng.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 30% dangerous. The file size is 464,384 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 1,859,584 bytes. The program is not visible. Taskeng.exe is a Microsoft signed file. The taskeng.exe file is not a Windows system file. Taskeng.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
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.
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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with taskeng. 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 taskeng.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.