What is taskkill.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 taskkill.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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Taskkill.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with taskkill
Taskkill.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Terminates Processes belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original taskkill.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The file taskkill.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 77,824 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 75,776 bytes, 78,336 bytes or 72,704 bytes. 
The taskkill.exe file 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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If taskkill.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 143,872 bytes. It is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The taskkill.exe file is not a Windows core file. Taskkill.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as taskkill.exe, for example Trojan.Gen (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_GEN.R00UC0DAM15 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the taskkill.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

Mit taskkill.exe können Prozesse einfach beendet werden. Praktisch bei Batch.
Jepp, sicher - beendet andere Programme. Ein Blick auf die Kommandozeile des taskkill-Prozesses könnte hier helfen, um eventuelle Schäden festzustellen.

Summary: Average user rating of taskkill.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think taskkill.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving taskkill issues

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

To help you analyze the taskkill.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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