Is tasklist.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of tasklist.exe:









File purpose and description:

Tasklist.exe is a program that would have arrived as preinstalled software on your computer. The actual file location is also listed below for you to view. This tasklist.exe file is from Microsoft, and it is the XP replacement for tlist. Note that XP home does not come with this file, XP pro does. From a command prompt it allows you to get a list of active processes from the command line. This will not prevent you from viewing you tasklist on XP home, as this is only for commandline running which most people never do (Mostly used by businesses or programmers). (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)
tasklist.exe

File type:
This is an executable program file.

File or folder location:
This file can be found at c:\windows\system32\tasklist.exe 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, tasklist.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 tasklist.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!