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Microsoft Windows system Protection Background Tasks?

What is srtasks.exe? The srtasks.exe is an executable file, but some users don’t know how to fix the issue caused by srtasks.exe. The srtasks.exe file is the executable of a legitimate Microsoft Windows process called System Protection Background Tasks. This particular executable is frequently used by Windows 10’s Task Scheduler, uses it for the automatic creation of system restore points.

Srtasks.exe file is located in C:\Windows\System32 and is unique to Windows 10 and Windows 8. This file doesn’t exist on Windows 7 or another older Windows version.


This executable file occupies very little space of your CPU but it can consume 70% or more of the CPU usage.

Is it a potential security Threat?

Is it a potential security Threat? According to some users, this srtasks.exe file is a virus because there particular antivirus software, which is installed in their computer, detected this file as a security threat or an infection, which is probably just a false positive.

Malware creators are outstanding in creating malware, and it’s prevalent for them to create a virus or malware which can camouflage them as a system process. Malware is capable of concealing as a system process has very little chance of getting picked up by security scans.

You can configure if you are dealing a malware by checking the srtasks.exe‘s location. For that first, you have to go to the TASK MANAGER (Ctrl+Shift +Esc) and you, need to locate the srTasks.exe process via the Process tab. Then, you have to right-click on the srTasks.exe process and choose Open file location.


After following all these steps, if this process gets back to windows > System32, then it is not a virus. And if in case you found it in a different location, that means its a virus. In such a situation, try to run a full malware scan to clean the virus infection.

Should I Delete Srtasks.exe?

No, you should not delete the srtasks.exe.  As I already mentioned above that the srtasks.exe file is the executable of a legitimate Microsoft process, which means it’s a good windows process signed by Microsoft Corporation, so you should not delete the executable file.

In case if you are experiencing high CPU usage caused by srtasks.exe and you are confirmed that this is not a virus, then it’s probably because the system is in the middle of creating a system restore point. In that case, reboot the computer and wait to see if the usage goes down.

How to fix High usage caused by the srtasks.exe? Or how to fix Microsoft Windows system Protection Background tasks High Disk?

How to fix High usage caused by the srtasks.exe? Many users noticed that a sometimes Microsoft windows system protection background tasks is taking lots of CPU resources. In this case, you can try some of these steps:

First, you need an open Run command box by pressing (Windows key + R) at the same time. Then you have to type “systempropertiesprotection” in that run box. After that, press enters key to open the System Protection tab of system properties.

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After completing these process click on the configure button under the system protection. Now set the restore setting in order to disable the system protection. Then click on apply, Once you click on apply, system restore will be disabled permanently and high disk usage of srtasks.exe should not be a problem.


In the future, if you ever think to re-enable system protection. Then you can reverse all these above steps to turn on the system protection.


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