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#1 garganof

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Posted 13 February 2016 - 08:24 PM

When I go to shut down my computer, it says the task host process is still running. It says more but I cannot read it all. I can go into processes and turn it off but I think there is a virus. What do I do?



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Posted 13 February 2016 - 08:32 PM

Hello Garganof, it may not be malware but, if you are still online and have some time, try running hitman pro and see if it comes up with anything. You can download Hitman Pro from Bleeping Computers downloads page which I recommend. Do not use hitman pro to clean anything (you can activate a 30 day license if you want) as there are more effective programs to remove malware. Hitman pro is just a decent indicator if malware is present.

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 12:50 PM

I tried what you said. It wiped a lot of junk off my computer but did not solve the issue.



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 08:18 PM

Windows uses taskhost.exe as the host for all DLL based services that are run. The process is very similar to svchost.exe (which we talked about earlier) in that its a generic process used to load other entities. Because of this, taskhost.exe may open multiple instances of itself in order to handle DLLs that may be unrelated to one another.

What is taskhost.exe

So it is not taskhost causing the hanging on shutdown but another program using that particular file.

In order to find out which dll-based services are executed by it, you will need a third party tool to investigate as Windows Task Manager does not provide enough information. These are tools to investigate running processes, programs that run at startup, services and gather additional information to identify them or resolve problems:These tools will provide information about each process, CPU usage, file description and its location. Most of them are stand-alone portable apps in a zip file so no installation is necessary.

Shutdown problems can be symptomatic of a variety of things to include hardware and software conflicts, a program or process that refuses to terminate, other programs hanging or unresponsive in the background, mismatched or bad memory (RAM), faulty or incompatible device drivers. If you are in a domain environment, a slow shutdown could be caused by logoff scripts enforced by organizational policies placed on the computer. Troubleshooting can be an arduous and time consuming task.
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