backgroundtaskhost.exe is a program which is probably NOT a virus. So, if backgroundtaskhost.exe is on your laptop or desktop computer, it is probably ok, and will NOT cause problems. Even if your PC is clean, it is still recommended to run a good antivirus with a good track record, in order to defend your system against threats.
This application is normally stored in C:\Windows\System32\BackgroundTaskHost.exe.
The MD5 checksum for this program is 0601f285dcff75e679bd91e39b6ebdbf.
This application does NOT run as a Windows service. This is normally a good sign.
This program uses the Internet to communicate. Today this is ok. For example, most of the programs on your computer check for new updates. For this, Internet communications are required.
backgroundtaskhost.exe seems to have something to do with Windows SFC (System File Checker) or Windows File Protection.
This exe runs in 32-bit mode. It does not use the full set of features of nowadays' computer processors. This is quite normal because the authors did not upgrade it to use the x64 instruction set.
The description stored in the file is Background Task Host.
File version 10.0.14393.0 (rs1_release.160715-1616).
Publisher Microsoft Corporation.
Legal copyright © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved..
backgroundtaskhost.exe is digitally signed. Today the large majority of virus-free software applications are digitally signed.
The digital signature found in backgroundtaskhost.exe verifies as ok. This is most likely a clean, ok program.
Digitally signed by: Microsoft Windows
Certificate's issuer name: Microsoft Windows Production PCA 2011
This executable does NOT have an uninstall routine stored in registry.