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Remove Unwanted Programs From Scheduled Tasks

Window’s Task Scheduler is a utility that schedules the auto-launch of the programs. If you want any application to run automatically at a schedule time, then you can create task within the scheduler. But many times unwanted programs adds their process to the task scheduler to automatically launch the program and run every time user reboots the computer.

In this case, if you manually try to uninstall the application, it won’t allow as the process is running within the background. For instance, you see fake pop-up when you launch your browser. It occurs even after removing extensions or resetting the browser. Its because the program adds its process to the Task Scheduler. So you need to check for such programs within the task scheduler window and delete them manually.

NOTE: Do this step carefully as deleting any other task could hamper the working of your computer system.

  1. Press Windows key + R together on your keyboard to open the “Run” dialog box.
  2. Under the Run window, type: “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and tap “Enter” or click “OK”.
  3. This will open “Task Scheduler window”, Now click on “Task Scheduler Library” from the left pane;
  4. Here, you can see the list of tasks scheduled, when you will select a task its properties will be shown below and within the “Actions” tab for details.
  5. You need to find malicious tasks scheduled for web browser to auto-start like
    • Internet Explorer: “explorer.exe http://site.address”;
    • Google Chrome: “chrome.exe http://site.address”;
    • Mozilla Firefox: “firefox.exe http://site.address”,
  6. If you get any of them, then you need to delete them. If you are not sure of the program then search it on Google, if it stands out as a potentially unwanted program then, then delete it.
  7. To delete, right click on the program and select “Delete”. (Repeat the step if you find another one).
  8. Close the window once completed.

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