svchost.exe is a system process which belongs to Microsoft Windows. svchost.exe handles processes executed from DLLs. Svchost.exe holds multiple Windows services. Additionally, it can run in multiple instances. Every instance of svchost.exe may hold one or more service.
svchost.exe is called a shared service process. Multiple services use it in order to minimise resource consumption.
What happens if I will delete svchost.exe?
svchost.exe is essential system process and can not be terminated. Its important for the safe and stable run of the computer system.
svchost.exe is a system process, it is a safe file and does not pose any threat.
Warning! various parasites tries to exploit this name and similar names. If you see a process which looks like this but has a typo - you're infected with Trojans or viruses. Additionally, there is W32.Welchia.Worm which takes advantage of the Windows LSASS vulnerability, creates a buffer overflow and instigates your computer to shut down.
Other similar names exploited by the parasites: svchosts.exe, scvhost.exe, scvhosts.exe, svchostc.exe, xsvchost.exe svchost.exe.bak and others.
Be careful and look at the name correctly.
File svchost.exe is related to adware 2020Search.
File svchost.exe is related to keylogger Employee Watcher.
File svchost.exe is related to keylogger ICE Remote Spy.
File svchost.exe is related to keylogger Is My Mate Cheating Online.
File svchost.exe is related to keylogger Key Logger Buddy Pro.
File svchost.exe is related to keylogger KidWatcher.
File svchost.exe is related to adware Litmus Trojan.
File svchost.exe is related to keylogger Spy Software 4 Parents.
File svchost.exe is related to worm W32.HLLW.Repsan.
File svchost.exe is related to worm W32.Welchia.B.Worm.
File svchost.exe is related to adware WinDir.svchost.
Information added: 2004-03-19 10:00
Information updated: 2012-07-30 05:30