What is taskeng.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 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.

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Taskeng.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with taskeng
Taskeng.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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 ( 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 8/7/XP are 192,000 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 166,400 bytes and 12 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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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?

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.


User Comments

Its not a virus!
  Unnamed person  
I can't get rid of it, but when I try to Malware takes over my computer. Appears to me to be a virus by malware
all i know about tasken.exe is that dos not let me work on my conputer a black frame come on and block the screen
I saw It as a Black screen and it disabled me to play and brought 13 VIRUSES
  Nicholas Cerbelli  
Keeps popping up on my screen and sometimes freezes my PC
that a black screen appears and I feel as if I am being spied on
  Terry starts other tasks...
it was part of a virus for me, scan it and remove
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of taskeng.exe: based on 74 votes with 9 reviews. 36 users think taskeng.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 19 users think taskeng.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 12 users don't grade taskeng.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving taskeng issues

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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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.

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