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Windows 10 Task Scheduler fears and concerns

How can you know for sure that a scheduled task is legitimate?

If I delete all the tasks I find - will it cause windows to crash?

How are programs able to create scheduled tasks without my knowledge?  Is that normal?

Can you set a security flag that requires human approval before a scheduled task is created?

I found a script to delete all scheduled tasks via the command line, but it leaves the folders behind.  Is there a way to go through and delete all empty task schedule folders?

Thank you!

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Windows, Vendors (Lenovo) and like things create a lot of scheduled tasks. None have ever caused issues for me or my clients. These are normal.

So look on to tasks you have created and make sure you have scanned for malware regularly.
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For a while, my computer was locking-up (could not move mouse pointer) and then rebooting on its own ... every 27 minutes.  This is what made me think maybe a scheduled task (legitimate or otherwise) was running and causing this to happen.

Thanks for the replies.  I'll be back to assign points here in a minute.
Before you declare this "solved" - could we help you with something?
You can list task history for example to see what task ran when. schtasks.exe can query that.
Thank you.

It's still doing it, but I am not positive this kind of thing can be solved except through long trial and error.  But at least now I have some paths to go down.