How to remove the svchosty virus

Most antivirus programs identify svchosty.exe as malware—e.g. TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R2FE1GD or TROJ_GEN.R2FE1HE, and Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.ayaq or Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Delf.dtz.

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Svchosty.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svchosty
Svchosty.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as svchosty.exe belongs to software Favorit by unknown.

Description: Svchosty.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svchosty.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 292,864 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 296,960 bytes. 
There is no file information. It is not a Windows system file. Svchosty.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall Favorit software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If svchosty.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 292,352 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. Svchosty.exe is not a Windows system file. Svchosty.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

If svchosty.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 230,912 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file. Svchosty.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: You should check the svchosty.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 svchosty issues

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