How to remove the SVCH0ST virus

Most antivirus programs identify SVCH0ST.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as BKDR_HUPIGON.WGO or BKDR_BAVN.AL, and Symantec identifies it as Backdoor.Graybird or Backdoor.Trojan.

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SVCH0ST.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft appears to belong to software Windows Update or Socks5 or COMSystem by Microsoft (

Description: SVCH0ST.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SVCH0ST.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,797 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 503,859 bytes or 287,226 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Winlogon\Shell, Userinit, User Shell Folders, Run, DEFAULT\Run). The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. SVCH0ST.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous.

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If SVCH0ST.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 83% dangerous. The file size is 75,776 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The SVCH0ST.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. SVCH0ST.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.

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Important: You should check the SVCH0ST.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 SVCH0ST issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active SVCH0ST process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the SVCH0ST.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.

Other processes

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