What is Taskeng.exe? (Virus Removal Guide) June 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove the Taskeng.exe Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

Attention: Taskeng.exe is a normal windows process which predetermines the time some tasks are performed in. However, there are instances a Trojan Horse can disguise itself as the process. The article below is dedicated to this Trojan horse.

You have probably already heard about Trojan horse viruses. This is a malware type infamous for its high levels of versatility and potential to cause all sorts of issues once it has infected one’s computer. Here, we will focus on one particular Trojan horse program called Taskeng.exe Virus that is currently terrorizing users all over the globe with its malicious processes and harmful agenda. We assume that many of the users who are currently reading this article have ended up on this page because the malware has already reached their PC. We could help you handle the virus threat and eliminate the noxious piece of software from your machine by presenting you with a guide, which contains instructions on how to locate and remove the infection. However, you must first make sure that you are well acquainted with this particular type of malware, which is why we advise you to first read the remainder of this article and only then head down to the removal guide manual. Besides, in one of our next paragraphs, you will learn how Trojans like Taskeng.exe Virus get distributed to people’s computers and what you can do in order to prevent this from happening to you in the future.

Trojan horse versatility

If Taskeng.exe Virus has currently taken over your machine, you might need to know what it can potentially be used for. As we already stated, the Trojan horse type of malware is notorious for its ability to carry out all sorts of illegal tasks and run a wide variety of insidious and harmful processes on the infected machine. As long as the malware has been run under Administrator privileges, it would be able to do whatever the hacker who’s using it wants to use it for. A few examples of what a typical Trojan can be used for will be provided below:

  • Harming the PC system – A lot of Trojan horses are simply used to mess with the computer, significantly slowing down its productivity, causing all sorts of unpleasant errors or even crashing it to the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). Many computers become totally unusable after a virus like Taskeng.exe Virus has invaded their systems.
  • Spying on the user – Espionage is another thing that this malware could be used for. The nasty program might keep tabs on what you type on your keyboard (keylogging) or show the hacker what’s going on on your PC’s monitor. Furthermore, if you have a webcam, the malicious program could use that to directly spy on you even when you think that the cam is disabled and not being used.
  • Malware distribution – Oftentimes, viruses like Taskeng.exe Virus are also used to infect the targeted PC with additional viruses. One very common example is when a Trojan is used to infiltrate somebody’s PC and later infect it with Ransomware that can encrypt the personal files of the victim and request a ransom payment for the decryption key.
  • Taking over the computer – Apart from what we’ve mentioned so far, this type of malware can sometimes go as far as to take over the user’s PC and remotely use it for a variety of shady tasks some of which are the distribution of spam messages or the mining of bitcoins for the hacker’s profit.

The aforementioned potential uses of Taskeng.exe Virus are only part of all the possible ways in which such a virus can be employed. Generally, if you have landed such a virus, all sorts of bad things can happen to your machine and virtual privacy, which is why it is essential that Trojans are taken care of as soon as they get detected.

Detection

Trojan horse programs are extremely sneaky and stealthy. Most of the time, the best way to detect them is to have a reliable and fully-updated anti-malware program. It is unrealistic to think that you’d be able to spot the virus only by knowing what the potential symptoms are, because in many instances there aren’t any. Some possible signs of infection might include system slowdown, BSOD crashes or frequent errors; but depending on what the malware is used for, you might not notice any of these.

Methods for spreading Trojans

There are a number of ways via which a virus like Taskeng.exe Virus can get on your PC. Some common examples are different forms of online malvertising and deceitful Internet offers/notifications as well as spam messages and untrustworthy download sources. If you want to avoid landing any such viruses on your computer, you ought to make sure to stay away from anything online that could be a potential hazard for your PC’s security and safety. Do not click on any suspicious banners and ads and keep away from sites that do not seem like they can be trusted. Also, if anything that is sent to you (an e-mail, a Facebook/Skype message, etc.) looks sketchy, do not interact with it to avoid exposing your system to possible risks.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Taskeng.exe Virus
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Blue Screen of Death crashes, and system errors that keep recurring are frequent symptoms
Distribution Method Malvertising, shady spam messages, illegal sites, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


Remove Taskeng.exe Virus


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Step4

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step5

WARNING!
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!