Windows 10: [backgroundTaskHost.exe] what does it? do i need it? do i need it?

  1.    08 Feb 2017 #1

    [backgroundTaskHost.exe] what does it? do i need it?

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  2. jds63's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       08 Feb 2017 #2

    Believe it has to do with Windows update. It is a operating system executable file i would not worry about it unless it causes you issues( like high CPU usage) .
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  3.    08 Feb 2017 #3

    how can i disable it form auto starting?
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       08 Feb 2017 #4

    Go to Settings, Update & security, Windows Update, Advanced options,
    Choose how updates are delivered, Updates from more than one place.

    Turn the switch OFF.
    Processes causing high CPU use in Windows 10
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  5. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5
       08 Feb 2017 #5

    That process has been known to be a mask for a Trojan. I would do a full scan with MBAM and make sure that it is not a Trojan in disguise. Also you can use Process Explorer by SysInternals that you can download from to check sub-processes. If you right click on that process after sorting by name, you can find out what directory it is in.
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  6.    08 Feb 2017 #6

    @Bree that setting was already off
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