How to remove the wintask virus

Most antivirus programs identify wintask.exe as malware—e.g. Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/IRCbot.gen!U or Worm:Win32/Pushbot.gen!C, and TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_MYTOB.OL or TROJ_DELF.NZO.

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Wintask.exe file information

Little is known about the wintask.exe process, since there is no reference to the producer within the file.

Description: Wintask.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wintask.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder (normally C:\WINDOWS\system32\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 122,368 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 1,516,032 bytes or 3,427,840 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. Wintask.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Wintask.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the wintask.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

keeps the CPU busy (100%)
  Basti   (further information)
Schaut euch den Link an, dann wisst ihr mehr.
  Friday, the 13.   (further information)
it appeared as a virus by AVG

Summary: Average user rating of wintask.exe: based on 9 votes with 5 user comments. 9 users think wintask.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving wintask issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active wintask process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the wintask.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 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.

Other processes

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