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What’s SrTasks.exe (Microsoft® Windows System Protection background tasks.)? Is it safe or a virus?

SrTasks.exe (System Restore Tasks) is a part of the Windows "System Restore" feature. This process is responsible for managing and maintaining the system restore points on a Windows PC.

System Restore allows users to revert their system back to a previous state in case of software or system configuration issues. SrTasks.exe runs in the background, creating and managing restore points at regular intervals or when system changes are detected. It ensures that the system restore feature operates smoothly and efficiently, providing users with a reliable and effective way to restore their system to a previous state if necessary.

As long as this .exe is signed by Microsoft, it should be safe to have on your PC.

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Who makes SrTasks.exe (Microsoft® Windows System Protection background tasks.)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of SrTasks.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: February 3, 2024

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