What is thostmgr.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 thostmgr.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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Thostmgr.exe file information

The process known as TasksHost manager appears to belong to software winsp by unknown.

Description: Thostmgr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Thostmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 6,144 bytes (65% of all occurrences) or 6,656 bytes. 
There is no file information. The thostmgr.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. thostmgr.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 82% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name thostmgr.exe, for example Adware.GenericKD.4237666 or Adware.GenericKD.4337715 (detected by BitDefender), and RDN/Generic PUP.x (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the thostmgr.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If TasksHost manager has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving thostmgr issues

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

To help you analyze the thostmgr.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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