How to remove the svchsot virus

Most antivirus programs identify svchsot.exe as malware—e.g. Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/Zegost.B, and Kaspersky identifies it as Backdoor.Win32.Agent.bwcb.

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Svchsot.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svchsot
Svchsot.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The svchsot.exe process does not contain any indication of the producer (the software author) or the software with which it is associated.

Description: Svchsot.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svchsot.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 187,904 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 81,920 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The svchsot.exe file is not a Windows core file. Svchsot.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 84% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If svchsot.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 28% dangerous. The file size is 2,600,960 bytes. The program has a visible window. The program has no file description. The svchsot.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: You should check the svchsot.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.


User Comments

Causes freeze/loss of server connections in online games (in my case CombatArms & World of Tanks).. also hangs/interrupts shut down/restart functions in Windows7 Ultimate..
  Jim Morrison  

Summary: Average user rating of svchsot.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving svchsot issues

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