What is tskmngr.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 tskmngr.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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Tskmngr.exe file information

The process known as Client appears to belong to software ClientProduct by Microsoft (

Description: Tskmngr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Tskmngr.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 152,576 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 188,420 bytes or 36,864 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run). It is not a Windows core file. Tskmngr.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 94% dangerous.

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If tskmngr.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 22% dangerous. The file size is 362,496 bytes. The program has a visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run). The tskmngr.exe file is not a Windows core file. Tskmngr.exe is able to manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name tskmngr.exe, for example HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_GEN.R047C0RE215 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the tskmngr.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 tskmngr issues

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