Most antivirus programs identify svchosst.exe as malware—e.g. TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R04C2HK or TROJ_GEN.R01C7D3, and Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan-PSW.Win32.PWSteal.r or Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Injector.dyzq.
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Description: Svchosst.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svchosst.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder.
The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 1,409,100 bytes.
There is no description of the program. Svchosst.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Svchosst.exe is not a Windows system file. Svchosst.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If svchosst.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 1,641,487 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. svchosst.exe appears to be a compressed file.
If svchosst.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 176,128 bytes. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The svchosst.exe file is not a Windows core file. Svchosst.exe is able to monitor applications.
Important: You should check the svchosst.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 svchosst process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the svchosst.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.