How to remove the svchost virus

Most antivirus programs identify svchost..exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.MSIL.Agent.ankf or Worm.MSIL.Agent.kt, and Microsoft identifies it as Worm:MSIL/Mofin.A or Worm:Win32/Small.Y.

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Svchost..exe file information

The process known as Host Process for Windows Services or CC6.5 belongs to software WindowsFormsApplication5 or Server by Microsoft ( or Private.

Description: Svchost..exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svchost..exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 146,432 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 28,160 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). Svchost..exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. Svchost..exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If svchost..exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 39% dangerous. The file size is 211,456 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 790,528 bytes. The application has no file description. Svchost..exe is not a Windows system file. The svchost..exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Svchost..exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, connect to the Internet, hide itself and manipulate other programs.

If svchost..exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 229,376 bytes. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\User Shell Folders). The svchost..exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: You should check the svchost..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

i once ended this process and everything turned grey. safe process.
This is a trojan camouflaged as the Windows system file svchost.exe (without 2 dots!)

Summary: Average user rating of svchost..exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks svchost..exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks svchost..exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving svchost issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active svchost process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the svchost..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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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