Windows 7: Disable Scheduled Tasks

This section provides a tutorial example on how to review tasks that have been scheduled to run on a Windows 7 system in the background and disable any unwanted tasks.

The next thing you should do is to review all scheduled tasks and disable any unwanted tasks on your Windows 7 system.

1. Go to "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools".

2. Double click on "Task Scheduler". You will the "Task Scheduler" screen displaying detailed information in 3 sections in the middle panel:

"Overview of Task Scheduler" - A quick introduction of what is Task Scheduler and how to use it.

"Task Status" - A list of tasks that have been executed in the last 24 hours by default.

"Active Tasks" - A list of tasks that are currently active. You need to scroll down to see this section.

3. Review each of active tasks to ensure that it is legitimate and needed.

Fo example, I see "GoogleUpdateTaskMachineUA" listed on my Windows 7 system. It looks like a legitimate task to keep Google software up to date. But the only Google software I have is Google Chrome. I can update it myself if needed. So I will disable this task.

4. Double click on "GoogleUpdateTaskMachineUA". You will the details of this scheduled task.

5. Click the "Actions" tab. You can verify what program this task is actually running.

6. Click the "Delete" icon in the right side panel. Then click "Yes" in the confirmation message box.

7. Continue to review all other scheduled tasks.

The picture below shows you the list of scheduled active tasks on a Windows 7 system:
Windows 7 Disable Scheduled Tasks

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Version-Information

 Windows 7: Create Restore Point

 Windows 7: Uninstall Unwanted Programs

 Windows 7: Disable System Services

Windows 7: Disable Scheduled Tasks

 Windows 7: Remove Startup Programs

 Windows 7: Review Running Processes

 Windows 7: Event Log Viewer

 Windows 7: Disk Folders and Files

 Windows 7: Review Personal Downloads Folders

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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