What is svchost2.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the svchost2.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Svchost2.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svchost2
Svchost2.exe process in Windows Task Manager

There is relatively little known about this process along the lines of the following technical specificaitons.

Description: Svchost2.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file svchost2.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 755,200 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Svchost2.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous.

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If svchost2.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 3,145,728 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,040,896 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. Svchost2.exe is not a Windows core file. Svchost2.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

If svchost2.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 1,998,901 bytes. It is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows core file. svchost2.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name svchost2.exe, for example Trojan.Generic.KDV.638633 (detected by F-Secure), and Artemis!BF92CAE646D4 (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the svchost2.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 svchost2 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with svchost2. 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.

To help you analyze the svchost2.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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