How to remove the taskmanager virus

Most antivirus programs identify taskmanager.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as W32.Spybot.Worm, and TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_SPYBOT.ABK.

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Taskmanager.exe file information

The process known as Mediaware Task Manager (version 3.0) appears to belong to software Mediaware Task Manager or Patch by Mediaware (

Description: Taskmanager.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The taskmanager.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 357,728 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 13,179,660 bytes or 1,269,760 bytes. 
There is no file information. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Taskmanager.exe is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run). Taskmanager.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the taskmanager.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

  Bob   (further information)
If taskmanager.exe is in your System32 folder it's probably a virus.
  Jihad Haaji  
Fake task manager. The real one is taskmgr.exe, and it's located in system32.

Summary: Average user rating of taskmanager.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think taskmanager.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving taskmanager issues

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