How to remove the svchots virus

Most antivirus programs identify svchots.exe as malware—e.g. Microsoft identifies it as Worm:Win32/Autorun.OR or TrojanDropper:Win32/VB.IB, and Kaspersky identifies it as or Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.cywk.

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Svchots.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svchots
Svchots.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as svchots.exe appears to belong to software svchots by Valga Club.

Description: Svchots.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svchots.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 57,344 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 413,696 bytes or 417,792 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The svchots.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Svchots.exe is able to hide itself, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous.

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If svchots.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 92% dangerous. The file size is 81,586 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Svchots.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: You should check the svchots.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 svchots issues

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

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