Is conhost.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of conhost.exe:









File purpose and description:

conhost.exe is a program which most likely may have arrived as preinstalled software on your computer. The actual disk location is also listed below for you. Always verify where the software file is located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware or adware simply placed elsewhere on your computer, and using the same name in an attempt to fool you. This conhost.exe program is part of the cmd.exe file, when you run cmd.exe on windows, you will also see conhost.exe in your tasklist. Closing the cmd.exe dos window will also terminate conhost.exe. You can terminate the task conhost.exe if you see it and it will not cause any problems. This is not spyware, virus, or adware and is considered a safe software program. (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)
conhost.exe

File type:
This is an exe executable file.

File or folder location:
C:\Windows\System32\conhost.exe is where this conhost file will be found on your computer.


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, conhost.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 conhost.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!