What is svchost.exe? Should I remove it?

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What is svchost.exe file?

svchost.exe is one of the most known system processes which is legitimate and safe. It belongs to Microsoft Windows and is responsible for handling processes executed from DLLs. You can find several examples of this process in your Control Panel -> Services section, so don't be shocked after discovering 10 or 14 identical processes running in your Control Panel. However, one example of svchost can hold multiple Windows services for trying to minimize the consumption of system resources.

Nevertheless, you still notice svchost.exe heavy CPU usage on your computer. In this case, you should disable the service that is related to this high usage process. For that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Task manager by clicking Ctlr+Alt+Del at once.
  2. Go to "Processes" tab and select "Show processes from all users".
  3. Right-click the svchost.exe process that you can see to cause a high usage of CPU and select "Go to Service(s)".
  4. Here, you should pay attention to services that are highlighted. They are the ones that run under the svchost.exe process.
  5. To stop a service, right-click on it and select "Stop Service".

Keep in mind that you should never remove this essential system process from your computer. It's important for the safe and stable run of the computer system.

What are the dangers related to svchost.exe?

We must warn you that various parasites try to hide themselves under the names of legitimate system files. Svchost.exe is not an exception. If you noticed Svchost.exe high usage problem on your computer, you should look at its name closer. In most of the cases, malicious examples of this file have typo mistakes in their name, such as svchosts.exe, scvhost.exe, scvhosts.exe, svchostc.exe, xsvchost.exe, and similar. In addition, you can spot a malicious version of svchost.exe by scanning your computer with the reliable anti-spyware software. To find a virus, you can use Reimage or PlumbytesWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus.

Verdict - status of the file:

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DIAGNOSIS REQUIRED status means that this filename is exploited by the viruses. There can be the
dangerous file with the same name as the safe file. Use the Advice below:

Advice:

If your Computer seems Sluggish, or you see some unwanted Advertisements, redirects to the strange websites, then we recommend you to scan the system with reputable anti-spyware program. Do some FREE scan tests and you will see if there are some unwanted applications, whitch might be responsible for the tab stability of the system.
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Comments on svchost.exe

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2-spyware.com support
usually this is not a virus. And it can not be ended in task menu. for more information we need a bit more explanation about the problem.. please ask for help in the forums.
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kevin
I need help with removing this virus can someone help me n.khang10@gmail.com it just dont remove everytime i end task..
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Guest
for last ten minutes this program has been running between 38 and 58 percent of cpu. At the same time csrss.exe has been running at 45 to 66 percent of cpu. Help help help
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Guest
EVERYTIME I OPEN THE TASK MANAGER THERE IS ALWAYS 5 .EXE PROGRAMS RUNNING UNDER THE NAME SVCHOST.EXE AND MY COMPUTER ALWAYS SHUTS DOWN AT THE SAME TIME....CAN ANYONE HELP?? bad_boyz_bytch@hotmail.com
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Guest
i tried to replace the said file but can never overwrite it, also tried to delete it manually - same results ( negative ) how can i remove this affected file ? ( mazeofcuriosity@yahoo.com )
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Guest
am looking for a copy of svchost.exe for win xp, want to compair it with mine & replace mine with it if mine is wrong size -- keeps coming up on virus scan, was told i could find it here -- but i could not. response may be sent to rferguson2@midsouth.rr.com
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Guest
I found svchost.exe in startup menu with size of 1.5 MB. This file was created by autoplay media studio from indigo rose coporation. After I try to delete it still remain in startup item after reboot. Is there any way to remove it permanently?
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Guest
svchost.exe seems to be a win 2000/xp file. norton antivirus detected it on my win 95 machine with the "trojan.startpage.virus" since it is not a windows 95 program (I checked the registry.) I am just deleting the file. (apostropes not allowed also. lol)
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Arlen
I keep getting the message @ Windows Startup saying "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close." How can I eliminate this message ?
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Guest
on my processes i have like 20 svchost.exe i do have a svchose.EXE in my system32 and in another directory,
should i delete both?
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Guest
On my pc svchost is connected with ist.ist bar browser hijaker by integrated search technologies/cdt. They are famed as aparently they are the most sexually frustrated spyware group worldwide!!
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Guest
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;314056
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agent99rl
SVCHOST.exe is a valid microsoft file.....SVHOST.exe is spy-ware (no "c")
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Guest
SVCHOST.exe is a valid Microsoft file if it is in the System32 folder as a file. I found another svchost.exe with a recent create date inside a folder inside System32 folder on XP. I deleted it.

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