What is TaskMan.exe?

The genuine TaskMan.exe file is a software component of Task Manager by Microsoft.
"TaskMan.exe" is a file that is located in Windows and is the main executable for Task Manager by Microsoft. The file is included in Windows Operating Systems and manages all tasks in the OS. It also handles running processes, includes a system monitor, and provides configurations with its startup manager. The file accepts user input for startup configurations, process management/control, and viewing option controls for system monitor. More specifically, "Taskman.exe" allows the disabling/enabling of applications, adding/removing selected startup entries, monitoring network bandwidth, viewing system resources, and much more. Microsoft was founded in 1975 with a focus on BASIC programming. Since then, they evolved into one of the world's largest software companies, developing operating systems used across the globe and hundreds of other useful tools and programs for both commercial industries and household computers.

TaskMan stands for Task Manager

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 TaskMan.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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TaskMan.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with TaskMan
TaskMan.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Security Task Manager or Task Manager belongs to software Security Task Manager or Microsoft Windows Operating System by Neuber Software ( or Microsoft ( or A. & M. Neuber Software (

Description: TaskMan.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file TaskMan.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files or in the user's "Documents" folder or in C:\ or in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 (usually C:\Program Files\Security Task Manager\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 552,040 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 750,992 bytes and 64 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. TaskMan.exe is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. The TaskMan.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with TaskMan.exe, you may also look for help from the software company Neuber, update to a possibly corrected version or remove the entire program Security Task Manager using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as TaskMan.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Infostealer.Gampass (detected by Symantec), and Trojan.Generic.6345992 (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the TaskMan.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

copy this file from other's not virus
  Website Development Company  
it is not critical but it is keep on prompting every 2 mints once and makes u hectic wen u are working on it.
Taskman.exe is a critical service that is needed by WinXP
  software development India  
Taskman is a critical service that is needed by WinXP It allows the viewing and ending of active processes running on your system. In addition, you can use Task Manager to view system information, such as CPU and memory usage statistics. __________________
On my comp there appears every now and again a taskmgr.exe in c:/documentsand settings/(username)/Start menu/programs/startup folder. Even if deleted, it reappears, when I launch any program. The "bad guy" which recreates it is taskman.exe, 15k located in C:/Windows (and in some other folders). That file always recreates itself. It can be erased but reappears the next moment - the virus is giving care to this file... I didn't find program tools that identify or eliminate it. I'll try with safe boot, hope I'll be able to delete once for all this hook. This variant is surely virus.
Taskman is part of Windows, and manages a number of tasks running on your system.
  software Development  
Windows Task Manager - Perfectly safe BUT viruses and trojens are always mascerading as them. If you've not got taskmanager open and this process is still running (that you can see using hijack this for example) then you have a problem
  Liam (SiX) Deeney  
I think Virus.
  Mike Bosch - Software Engineer  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of TaskMan.exe: based on 109 votes with 9 reviews. 73 users think TaskMan.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 16 users think TaskMan.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade TaskMan.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving TaskMan issues

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