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What’s olkPushNotificationBackgroundTask.exe (Outlook Push Notification Background Task)? Is it safe or a virus?

The olkPushNotificationBackgroundTask.exe file is a background process associated with Microsoft Outlook.

It's responsible for managing push notifications for the Outlook email application. When the application is running in the background, this process ensures that users receive timely notifications for new emails, calendar reminders, and other important updates. The task also helps in maintaining synchronization between the server and the Outlook app, ensuring that any changes made in the online account are promptly reflected in the app.

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the olkPushNotificationBackgroundTask.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find olkPushNotificationBackgroundTask.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior

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Who makes olkPushNotificationBackgroundTask.exe (Outlook Push Notification Background Task)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of olkPushNotificationBackgroundTask.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: February 16, 2024

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