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Kudos0

taskeng.exe

Can you help with removal of Taskeng.exe pop up, I am concerned it is malware on my PC.  Nothing shows up on the routine scans

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Kudos0

Re: taskeng.exe

It looks like you have picked up a PUP, a Possibly Unwanted Program. While they are annoying, they do not cause damage to your system. Some people actually want the 'Features' offered by these programs. They are usually downloaded alongside a legitimate download when you do not uncheck the option for the additional download.

Norton products concentrate on malware that can damage your system, that is why some PUPs are not detected.

I would suggest a second opinion scan using the FREE version of Malwarebytes. You can find it here http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/

Be sure you do not accept the offer of the free trial of the Premium version.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: taskeng.exe

Hello

Where is this file located?

Thanks.

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Kudos0

Re: taskeng.exe

Is there a quick way of checking where it is located?  A malware "deep dive" using Norton tool did not show up anything, pop up still appears intermittently.  Thanks

Kudos0

Re: taskeng.exe

Use Windows Explorer and search your C drive for taskeng.exe.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: taskeng.exe

Hello

Please remember that tasking.exe is a normal part of Windows.

Thanks.

Success always occurs in private and failure in full view. Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Norton Core Security Plus 22.18.0.213 Core Firmware 282 I E 11 Chrome latest version.
Kudos0

Re: taskeng.exe

tasking.exe is located in windows folders but I also see a taskeng.exe.mui in the windows sub folders.

Kudos0

Re: taskeng.exe

While it may not be malware, it has slowed my computer dramatically.  It also interrupts the function of all of my programs when loading & during use.  If it is needed, then why has it just started to create interruptions. There are 4 copies on my computer in 4 different folders all dated 11/20/2010.  This just started the past week and has only gotten worse.  Any way to turn it off without deleting?

Kudos0

Re: taskeng.exe

epredwood:

Is there a quick way of checking where it is located?  A malware "deep dive" using Norton tool did not show up anything, pop up still appears intermittently.  Thanks

Hi epredwood:

Could you clarify what you mean when you say you see a pop-up for taskeng.exe (Windows Task Scheduler Engine)?  Do you mean that you literally see a pop-up window on your desk top warning you that taskeng.exe is running, and if so is that pop-up from Norton?  Having multiple instances of taskeng.exe running at the same time isn't unusual and it's more likely that there is a scheduled task launching at boot-up (e.g., an automated background check for a software update) that is slowing down your computer if taskeng.exe is actually involved.

Microsoft Sysinternal's Process Explorer could provide some useful information.  There is no installation required for this utility - just save ProcessExplorer.zip somewhere on your hard drive where you can easily locate it, unzip the file, and double-click procexp.exe (for 32-bit operating systems) or procexp64.exe (for 64-bit operating systems) to run the utility.

I could see two taskeng.exe processes running on my computer this morning after a re-boot and sorted by the Process column.  Both taskeng.exe files were located in C:\Windows\System32 and one was managing a scheduled reminder I had added to my Windows Calendar (hover your mouse over each instance of "taskeng.exe" and the pop-up will show a list of the related tasks).  If you go to Options | VirusTotal.com and enable Check VirusTotal.com, Process Explorer will submit all the processes running on your computer to VirusTotal.com for analysis.  My detection rate of 0/62 for taskeng.exe means that none of the 62 virus scan engines (McAfee, Malwarebytes, Symantec, Kaspersky, etc.) that scanned this file thought it was suspicious.  Clicking the 0/62 link under the VirusTotal column opened a full virus scan report for my taskeng.exe file at https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/03c2732f2df18ce8cc3cb9ebf2f811a2333c96d8bbc9111f6cce15a09d8e63e6/analysis/.

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