How to remove the taskmsgr virus

Most antivirus programs identify taskmsgr.exe as malware—such as Kaspersky identifies it as, and Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/Ircbrute.

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Taskmsgr.exe file information

The process known as taskmsgr.exe appears to belong to software Project1 by unknown.

Description: Taskmsgr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The taskmsgr.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 102,912 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. Taskmsgr.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices). The file is not a Windows core file. Taskmsgr.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous.

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If taskmsgr.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 196,608 bytes. There is no file information. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices). The file is not a Windows core file. Taskmsgr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications.

Important: You should check the taskmsgr.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.


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Best practices for resolving taskmsgr issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active taskmsgr process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the taskmsgr.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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