How To Deal With Qttask.exe Problems

The Qttask.exe executable file is associated with Quicktime player, which is a video and multimedia player from Apple. This process installs a system tray icon that users can use for quick access to the QuickTime application.

File Information

The file is located in C:\Program Files\QuickTime folder. By default, qttask.exe loads automatically at system startup. You may find entries related to qttask.exe at the following locations within the Windows registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\comfile\shell\open\command HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices

The most common size of the file on Windows XP is 98,304 bytes. You may also find it in sizes 155,648, 282,624, 77,824, 286,720, 413,696, 385,024, 114,688, 14,348, 139,264, 69,632, 21,504, 25,600, 54,594, 37,859, 23,568, 38,924, 56,922, 294,912, 37,557, 106,496, 27,970, 37,030, 28,172, 37,388, 27,660, and 37,480 bytes.

Can I Remove Qttask.exe From the Startup Programs?

Yes, you can safely remove this process from your startup sequence. In reality, qttask.exe does not provide any additional service other than providing you with quick access to the QuickTime application, which you can also access by clicking on its icon on your Desktop.

Follow the steps listed below to prevent qttask.exe from loading automatically:

  1. Go to Start, select Run and type msconfig.
  2. Click on the Startup tab.
  3. Clear the checkbox Qttask.

The above steps will prevent qttask.exe from loading automatically at system startup. However, when you run QuickTime player again, the program may secretly undo your changes and qttask.exe may start automatically loading again at system startup. The solution to this problem is to permanently disable the qttask.exe process. Disabling this process has no ill-effect on the performance of the QuickTime application.

Follow the steps below to disable qttask.exe in Windows XP:

  1. Click Start, highlight Search and select For Files or Folders option.
  2. Select All Files and Folders search option and then search for qttask.
  3. In the right window, rename the qttask to qttask.old

Common Qttask.exe Error Message

On system startup you may encounter the following qttask.exe error message:

No Disk, Please Insert Disk In Drive D

You can fix the problem by following the below steps:

  1. Double-click on QuickTime player icon on your desktop to launch the application.
  2. Select File, select Open Recent and then click Clear Menu.

How To Determine if Qttask.exe is a Virus Or Spyware

Often, people who write malicious programs, such as virus or spyware deliberately name their files similar to existing Windows processes. For instance, a malicious program could be named similar to qttask.exe, by using such names as qtttask.exe, qtask.exe, and qttaask.exe.. This is why it is important for you to be aware of all processes that are running on your system.

You can view the current tasks by using the Task Manager utility in Windows. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open Task Manager and then click Processes tab to view the current processes running on your PC. Go through the list to see if any similar processes are running. If you see any suspicious process running, then always check the location of the file.

Do not attempt to directly delete these files as you may lose important data in doing so. Instead, scan your PC using a reliable antivirus and antispyware tool to remove such files from your machine.

At times, exe errors may also occur due to incorrect or corrupt entries within the registry. It is important that you scan and clean your Windows registry using an advanced registry cleaner tool, such as RegServe.