What is VsTskMgr.exe?

The genuine VsTskMgr.exe file is a software component of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise by McAfee.
VsTskMgr.exe is an executable file that runs the VirusScan Task Manager, a program that provides scheduling functionality for the McAfee VirusScan Enterprise. This file is a critical component and should not be directly removed. The McAfee VirusScan Enterprise lets companies manage antivirus software on multiple computers. The enterprise edition consists of a client application installed on all computers on the network, and a server application, responsible for monitoring and updating all client applications. The ePolicy Orchestrator, a unified console that can manages VirusScan controls all client systems. McAfee, Inc. (formerly Network Associates Inc.) is the world's largest company dedicated solely to the development and distribution of security software. It is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, USA. McAfee was founded in 1987 by John McAfee, who later left the company in 1994. Intel bought over McAfee on February 28, 2011 for $7.68 billion.

VSTskMgr stands for VirusScan 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 VsTskMgr.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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VsTskMgr.exe file information

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

The process known as Task Manager : scheduling and OAS alerting service or Task Manager belongs to software McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or VirusScan Enterprise or McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise by Network Associates ( or McAfee (

Description: VsTskMgr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. VsTskMgr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—normally C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 29,184 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 54,872 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The VsTskMgr.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or McAfee Anti-Spyware.

Recommended: Identify VsTskMgr.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as VsTskMgr.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the VsTskMgr.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

McAfee VirusScanTaskManager
McAffee Virus Scan Software Part
  Mike   (further information)
uninstallable when uninstall Mc Affee. Problems when start PC up
takes up a lot of memory while scanning, making your PC non-responsive
  alex s.  
load a lot of CPU during system start-up
it takes up to 59% of my cpu when running so literally freezes up my computer. don't know what its doing though. i had only one window open with firefox using the other 41% of cpu.
It is from McAfee, without the process McAfee doesn't Work
Task Manager shows it using over 90% of CPU time. Bad!!
  Howard hic  
das es nervt
  USER   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of VsTskMgr.exe: based on 8 votes with 9 user comments. 6 users think VsTskMgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users don't grade VsTskMgr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving VsTskMgr issues

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