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02-Jan-2012, 07:54 PM #1
Task host in Task manager?
When I open my task manager a taskhost.exe is there, however if you look at the command line it doest say "C:/Windows/System 32/taskhost.exe", it just says "taskhost.exe" (with those quotation marks yes). Is this a legit file? For other Windows 7 users, if your taskhost.exe is running, what does your command line say?
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02-Jan-2012, 08:07 PM #2
Mine says Host Process for Windows Tasks.

It is legit. Task Host - Generic Host Process for Windows 7 32-bit Services. The full path to this file should be shown as C:\Windows\System32\Taskhost.exe (you can double click on this entry to view the full path). Windows 7.

TASKHOST 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. There can be many instances of TASKHOST running, as there will be one instance of TASKHOST for every DLL-based service or grouping of services (the grouping of services is determined by the programmers who wrote the services in question)
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02-Jan-2012, 08:44 PM #3
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Mine says Host Process for Windows Tasks.

It is legit. Task Host - Generic Host Process for Windows 7 32-bit Services. The full path to this file should be shown as C:\Windows\System32\Taskhost.exe (you can double click on this entry to view the full path). Windows 7.

TASKHOST 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. There can be many instances of TASKHOST running, as there will be one instance of TASKHOST for every DLL-based service or grouping of services (the grouping of services is determined by the programmers who wrote the services in question)
Yes I know taskhost is a legit process, however I was just wondering about the legit of this file since the comand line was different from other processes in task manager, and even from your task host.
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02-Jan-2012, 08:57 PM #4
We would need to dig deeper.

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03-Jan-2012, 09:16 AM #5
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We would need to dig deeper.
Are you sure you checked your "Command Line" in Task manager? Because I reinstalled my computer and the "taskhost.exe" is still there, I also checked on another computer in my househould and the "Command Line" says "taskhost.exe" too so I guess this is legit.
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03-Jan-2012, 11:14 AM #6
I kinda thought we already clarified that.

I'm running Windows 7 and down below I attached a screenshot of my Task Manager.

I also did a search on my computer and taskhost came up once located in System32.

I also ran HijackThis on my computer and it showed up once in my running processes under System32.
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03-Jan-2012, 11:41 AM #7
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I kinda thought we already clarified that.
Thats not your "Command Line".
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03-Jan-2012, 11:57 AM #8
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Thats not your "Command Line".
Is this better?

Same thing as yours.
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