Most antivirus programs identify svchostl.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as W32.IRCBot, and TrendMicro identifies it as PAK_Generic.015.
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More precise details about what the process belongs to are not available. This is partly because the author is not identified.
Description: Svchostl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svchostl.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows.
The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 941,056 bytes.
The program has a visible window. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows system file. svchostl.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If svchostl.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 1,195,008 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run). The svchostl.exe file is not a Windows core file. svchostl.exe appears to be a compressed file.
Important: You should check the svchostl.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 svchostl process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the svchostl.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.