Most antivirus programs identify scvhosts.exe as malware—e.g. TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_Gen.RZ3077 or WORM_IRCBOT.CTZ, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan Horse or Trojan.Gen.
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Description: Scvhosts.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Scvhosts.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 569,344 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 184,320 bytes and 6 more variants.
The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, Winlogon\Shell, DEFAULT\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. Scvhosts.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If scvhosts.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 287,657 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 361,385 bytes, 226,217 bytes or 226,304 bytes. There is no file information. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, Winlogon\Shell, DEFAULT\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The scvhosts.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Scvhosts.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.
If scvhosts.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 473,088 bytes. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, Winlogon\Shell, DEFAULT\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Scvhosts.exe is able to manipulate other programs.
If scvhosts.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 473,088 bytes.
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Important: You should check the scvhosts.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active scvhosts process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the scvhosts.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.