How to remove Taskhostw.exe

In which way do I remove Taskhostw.exe from the system? How Taskhostw.exe infected your machine and what will be the aftermath of it? What is the purpose of Trojans and what can you do to defend the system? Here you'll see answers to all these questions and give simple and effective tips for eliminating Trojan viruses from all versions of Windows.


Taskhostw.exe trojan


In this article we will talk about Taskhostw.exe, that infected the system, and you unwittingly assisted it to do this. Suchlike software can cause errors on your PC, and we strongly recommend you to remove it as soon as you'll finish to read this article. In this part of an article we'll tell you how Trojans infect the computer and how to distinguish good program from a virus. First, we have to tell you the crucial things about Trojans. The name "Trojan" is pretty accurate: viruses of this type stealthy infest users' workstations, trying to look like good programs, but they can't distribute themselves. Viruses are not equal to Trojans, because viruses are almost fully independent, and Trojans need to be maintained and directed. Trojans are like parasites: they are totally useless and feeble, but having the host they might create many problems. The first host of young Trojan is its developer who gives it a form of a good utility and puts it on cozy file-sharing service. Since then, the program is waiting until a credulous user will download it and become a victim. You should know that Trojans are infrequently being spread separately, but much more often in packages AKA “bundles” containing several malware, viruses, Trojans or adware.

In spite of several limitations in the ways of spreading, Trojan programs are very efficient after the penetration through system's defense. Trojan viruses are the largest type of malware, and can include your device in a botnet, scrounge your passwords or induce significant damage to the PC. Here is a brief enumeration of possible ways to use Trojans:

  • The last of the popular ways of Trojans use is to create botnets. Botnet is a network of thousands or at least hundreds of computers, or some other "smart" devices, through which fraudsters are performing their smelly schemes. With the assistance of these botnets they make attacks on major websites, provide tons of spam and apply their computing powers for other tasks, like mining of crypto-currency.
  • Trojan viruses, because of their stealthiness, are just ideal means for spying on ordinary customers. Trojan can live in infested computer for a long time, gathering info about its owner, accounts, attended websites, passwords and in general any text entered from keyboard.

Each of these methods of applying Trojan viruses can be carried out singly or at the same time. Except described in the previous paragraphs head purposes that at first-hand give profit to net-criminals, Trojans also have side negatives: they operate your computer's recourses, clog up its hard drive with trashy software and prevent the PC from running for its primary purpose. Being aware of this, you'll abide our advice and remove all Trojans for good.

Removal instruction

Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1


  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2



  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode


Step 2. Show all hidden files and folders

  • Press Start
  • Click on Control Panel

Show hidden files. Step 1


  • Select Appearance and Personalization

Show hidden files. Step 2


  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden files. Step 3


  • Press Ok


Step 3. Remove virus files


Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %ProgramData%


Step 4. Fix hosts file

  • Go to %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\ folder



  • Open hosts file using Notepad or other text editor
  • Delete suspicious elements
  • Basic hosts file looks like this:



Step 5. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

Step 6. Scan computer with antivirus


The best thing that you need now is a safe and effective method to get rid of Trojans via Spyhunter AV program. This software will not only clear the PC of any installed malicious software on it, but at once protect it from further similar problems. Spyhunter acts in automatic mode, and to remove some Trojans you'll only have to buy the program, set it up and launch the scanning and elimination processes. We recommend this method, since it's too complicated for an ordinary customer to find a Trojan. By removing the wrong file, you might easily damage the system, and call its critical fault. If you're not certain about Spyhunter, you can check the program yourself by downloading a trial version.


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Step 7. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot


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