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#1 Darcsyde

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 07:07 PM

I've been seeing it pop up when I power off my computer recently.
What is it?
What does it do?
Is it bad?
If so, how do I get rid of it?
Thanks.



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#2 TsVk!

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 07:11 PM

Could you explain it better please, or perhaps take a screenshot for us.



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 07:16 PM

getting a screenshot doesn't work because I only see it when I power off.  A message comes up as the computer it shutting down that says, "Task Coast Windows is closing " with the buttons on the bottom for "Force Close" etc....but it's only there for about a second.
I know it wasn't there before, it's not listed in the programs, and I can't find it under Search....so I just want to know what it is.



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 07:33 PM

Hmmm, I've not heard of that task and there is no results forthcoming on search engines about it...

 

let's have a peek at your system and see if we can't identify what applications might be generating this.

 

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it. Checkmark List Installed Programs and Devices.

 

Copy and paste the log in your reply.



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 08:48 PM

I'm not fond of taking candy from strangers (downloading random programs from strangers) without knowing what it is, is it safe, etc.

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 08:49 PM

You can check the reputation of this site on the web... anything that you download from here is guaranteed not to contain hidden extras or malicious code.

 

Our reason for being is fighting against that, and has been so for more than a decade.

 

You can also check the executable I asked you to run on virustotal.com, it is not an installer, just an information gathering tool... like many of the tools we use here. (though like many system inspection tools you will probably find it flagged by some AV companies who use heuristics).


Edited by TsVk!, 15 February 2016 - 09:08 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2016 - 09:57 PM

I believe the OP is referring to Task Host -located @ C:\Windows\System32\ taskhost.exe

 

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:04 PM

To the OP: Do you consider downloading a Hotfix from Microsoft  "taking candy from strangers" too? :whistle:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/975777

 

There is a delay when you shut down, restart, or log off a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

 

SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:

    You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
    You try to shut down, restart, or log off the computer.

In this scenario, the logoff process stops for about six seconds. Additionally, you receive the following message:
1 program still needs to close:
(Waiting for) Task Host Window

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the TaskHost.exe process stops handling messages during system shutdown, during system restart, and during system logoff.

 

 

 

HTH. :)


Edited by Union_Thug, 15 February 2016 - 10:05 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:18 PM

this is the very message I was talking about, Union_Thug.  Thanks.
So is it bad and how do I fix it?
You're not talking to a computer all-star here, so any advice would have to be put as simply as possible, for a simple person....me.
Not sure what Hotfix is either....sorry.
 



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:37 PM

Hello.

First it seems that you have / had a program called TaskCoastWindows running in the background that was never closed.

 

Next "Not sure what Hotfix is either....sorry." < This is a Microsoft fix that can help.

 

Next You are not being asked to "take candy from strangers". Please refer to the Am I Infected? What do I do section of this forum, and you will see that almost every post has this program listed.

 

Next All we want to do is close that program for you, so it will not show up.

 

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:50 PM

Please understand, no offence was intended.
I have had one too many instances where I was burned to a crisp by accepting programs from those who claim to want to "help" so I'm a little on the cautious side.  Forgive me.
I'll look into it and give it a go tomorrow when I have time.
Thanks to all.



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 10:59 PM

The directions by TsVk!   only take 1 minute and no more.

 

This is the biggest independent help site on the web and we never try to confuse anybody, but we spend 1 hour explaining details to them.

 

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 11:31 PM

>>>this is the very message I was talking about, Union_Thug.  Thanks.<<<

You’re welcome. :)

>>>So is it bad and how do I fix it?<<<

The program Tsvk asked you to download and run is designed to help in diagnosing a multitude of problems in Windows, it does precisely what Tsvk said it does; “it is not an installer, just an information gathering tool.” and has been downloaded over 400,000 times from bleepingcomputer.com

>>>You're not talking to a computer all-star here, so any advice would have to be put as simply as possible, for a simple person....me.<<<

This site was/is made for users like yourself. From their “About” page:

 

Bleeping Computer® is a technical support site and a self-education tool for the novice user to learn basic concepts about Computer Technology. Our focus is to allow the novice computer user to be able to have a place that they can come and discuss computer/technology problems with their peers and at the same time have a rich resource in which to learn the "basics" about computers and technology.

 


>>>Not sure what Hotfix is either....sorry.<<<

This link explains pretty well what a “Hotfix” is: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/got-windows-issues-may-microsoft-hotfix/

 

HTH :)



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 11:35 PM

And you can take it from all of us -

 

Union_Thug would never give you a wrong direction..



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Posted 15 February 2016 - 11:55 PM

Got any candy for me Union Thug? :lol:






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