What is hostssrv.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the hostssrv.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Hostssrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hostssrv
Hostssrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HostsServer belongs to software HostsServer or HostsMan by

Description: Hostssrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hostssrv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,930,240 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,822,720 bytes or 1,462,272 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The hostssrv.exe file is not a Windows system file. Hostssrv.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with HostsMan come up, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program
  2) contact to assist you.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hostssrv.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the hostssrv.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving hostssrv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hostssrv. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the hostssrv.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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