How to remove the svchosl virus

Most antivirus programs identify svchosl.exe as malware—for example F-Secure identifies it as Worm.Win32.AutoRun.dhz, and Avast identifies it as Win32:AutoRun-AHK.

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Svchosl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svchosl
Svchosl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Ap belongs to software 1024 x 900 or Ap by Imagen JPEG or Ap.

Description: Svchosl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Svchosl.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 147,968 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 584,082 bytes, 250,368 bytes, 50,176 bytes or 615,310 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. Svchosl.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Winlogon\Shell, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run, DEFAULT\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Svchosl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, hide itself, manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 95% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify svchosl.exe related errors

If svchosl.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 110,592 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 122,880 bytes. Svchosl.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file.

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Important: You should check the svchosl.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.


User Comments

This file starts with windows and creates multiple processes that take up CPU entirely. System slows down and overheats. It also monitors keyboard input and web activities. Download Security task manager and either quarantine or delete it.
i only find that svchosl.exe it slow down the speed of pc when it starts, i read in another forum.... guy says... just download the HIJACKTHIS software and run scan only and check these files and click fix this Run Hijackthis and put a check next to these entries: F3 - REG:win.ini: load=C:\WINDOWS\system32\scvhost.exe F3 - REG:win.ini: run=C:\WINDOWS\system32\scvhost.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Generic Host Process] C:\WINDOWS\system32\scvhost.exe O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Generic Host Process] C:\WINDOWS\system32\scvhost.exeClose all browsers and other windows and click "Fix this".

Summary: Average user rating of svchosl.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think svchosl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks svchosl.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving svchosl issues

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