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VersionsAdditional versions

6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.44%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.02%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.70%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.24%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.65%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.05%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.05%
6.2.9200.16420 (win8_gdr.120919-1813) 0.02%
6.2.9200.16420 (win8_gdr.120919-1813) 0.07%
6.2.9200.16420 (win8_gdr.120919-1813) 0.46%
6.2.9200.16420 (win8_gdr.120919-1813) 1.45%
6.2.9200.16420 (win8_gdr.120919-1813) 0.29%
6.2.9200.16420 (win8_gdr.120919-1813) 2.55%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.15%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.19%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 0.07%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.07%
6.2.8250.0 (winmain_win8beta.120217-1520) 0.02%
6.2.8250.0 (winmain_win8beta.120217-1520) 0.02%
6.2.8102.0 (winmain_win8m3.110823-1455) 0.05%
6.2.8102.0 (winmain_win8m3.110823-1455) 0.05%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 3.22%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 6.23%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 5.02%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 1.99%
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Parent process
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taskhost.exe

Host Process for Windows Tasks by Microsoft Corporation (Signed)

Remove taskhost.exe
Version:   6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214)
MD5:   bd116c893014d43f705b8ca19648110e
SHA1:   7f98813b69827d8ebb90d378dc645430054b23c9
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.

What is taskhost.exe?

Host Process for Windows Tasks is a generic process which acts as a host for processes that run from DLLs rather than EXEs. At startup TASKHOST checks the Services portion of the Registry to construct a list of DLL-based services that it needs to load, and then loads them.

Overview

taskhost.exe executes as a process under the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges (the system and the administrator accounts have the same file privileges) typically within the context of its parent svchost.exe (Host Process for Windows Services by Microsoft Corporation). The file is digitally signed by Microsoft Corporation. and is compiled as a 64 bit program.

DetailsDetails

File name:taskhost.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Host Process for Windows Tasks
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Windows\System32\taskhost.exe
Original name:taskhost.exe.mui
File version:6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214)
Product version:6.3.9431.0
Size:457.5 KB (468,480 bytes)
Build date:6/15/2013 6:05 PM
Certificate
Issued to:Microsoft Corporation
Authority (CA):Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date:Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Digital DNA
Entropy:6.163300
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
.NET CLR:No
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ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Averages
 
CPU
Total CPU:0.00556050%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.00310934%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00245116%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:8 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
CPU cycles:504,465/sec
17,470,203/sec
Memory
Private memory:1.02 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):4.47 MB
Private (minimum):4.45 MB
Non-paged memory:1.02 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:27.34 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):28.86 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:4.45 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):4.5 MB
37.95 MB
I/O
I/O read transfer:17.42 KB/sec
1.02 MB/min
I/O read operations:2/sec
343/min
I/O other transfer:2.52 KB/sec
448.09 KB/min
I/O other operations:235/sec
1,671/min
Resource allocations
Threads:3
12
Handles:100
600

BehaviorsProcess properties

Platform:64-bit
Command lines:
  • taskeng.exe {3a244294-2943-49ea-8bf2-3811d2ad85b3}
  • taskeng.exe {290f80cb-523b-46f7-a6ee-5e53909d925c}
Owner:SYSTEM
Parent process:svchost.exe (Host Process for Windows Services by Microsoft Corporation)

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 19.50%
Windows 8.1 10.00%
Windows 7 Professional 8.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 6.50%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.50%
Windows 8.1 Single Language 2.00%
Windows 8 2.00%
Windows 8 Single Language 1.50%
Windows Seven Black Edition 0.50%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation 0.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 0.50%
Windows 7 Starter 0.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro Preview 0.50%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 48.24% of Host Process for Windows Tasks.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 25.48%
Hewlett-Packard 18.92%
ASUS 17.76%
Acer 13.13%
Toshiba 8.49%
Lenovo 5.41%
Sony 5.41%
GIGABYTE 1.54%
Medion 1.54%
Alienware 1.16%
Samsung 0.77%
Sahara 0.39%
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