Is taskmgr.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of taskmgr.exe:









File purpose and description:

This taskmgr.exe program was most likely already on your computer as preinstalled software when you first purchased your computer. The exact disk location is also shown below, always verify this to make sure your file is not a virus or spyware located elsewhere with a similiar name. This file is known as the windows task manager. This is displayed by pressing ctrl-alt-del. Note that this name has also been reported as a spyware and virus program, see the disk location shown below to verify it as safe based on its location. This taskmgr.exe program is part of launching your tasklist within your task manager when you press ctrl-alt-del on Windows. The location of the safe file is listed below. (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)
taskmgr.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

File or folder location:
This file will be found on your disk at c:\windows\system32\taskmgr.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, taskmgr.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 taskmgr.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!