How to remove the scvchost virus

Most antivirus programs identify scvchost.exe as malware—e.g. Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/Provis!rts, and Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.VB.kob.

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Scvchost.exe file information

The process known as Stub appears to belong to software Start by unknown.

Description: Scvchost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Scvchost.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 316,416 bytes. 
The process has no file description. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run). The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The scvchost.exe file is not a Windows core file. Scvchost.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous.

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If scvchost.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 190,263 bytes. The program has no file description. The program is not visible. Scvchost.exe is not a Windows system file. Scvchost.exe is able to manipulate other programs. scvchost.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: You should check the scvchost.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 scvchost issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active scvchost process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the scvchost.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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