How to remove the svchostt virus

Most antivirus programs identify svchostt.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as Backdoor.Win32.Donbot.b, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan Horse.

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Svchostt.exe file information

Neither the developer nor the software publisher of svchostt.exe is identified, as would normally be the case.

Description: Svchostt.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file svchostt.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 31,284 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It is not a Windows system file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Runonce, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify svchostt.exe related errors

If svchostt.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 165,888 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Svchostt.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

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Important: You should check the svchostt.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 svchostt issues

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