Is backgroundtaskhost.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of backgroundtaskhost.exe:









File purpose and description:

backgroundTaskHost.exe is a software program which was most likely on your computer the day you first acquired it. The hard drive folder location for this backgroundtaskhost.exe file is also show below, always verify where its located on your hard drive. It is common for malware or virus writers to put a similiar named file in other folders hoping to fool you, so its always best double check the folder location to make sure its the right program task you are viewing. This backgroundtaskhost.exe program file is known as a windows host startup module, and it often triggers and starts other applications in the background. This will be found on most Windows computers today. This file is considered safe, and is not considered malware, spyware, or virus related software. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
backgroundtaskhost.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

File or folder location:
This file will be found at: C:\Windows\System32\backgroundtaskhost.exe or at C:\Windows\SysWOW64\backgroundtaskhost.exe


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, backgroundtaskhost.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of backgroundtaskhost.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!