How to remove the svchust virus

Most antivirus programs identify svchust.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as W32.Pinfi, and Microsoft identifies it as Virus:Win32/Parite.B.

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Svchust.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svchust
Svchust.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The svchust.exe process does not contain any data about its author.

Description: Svchust.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file svchust.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,168,384 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 745,436 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The svchust.exe file is not a Windows system file. Svchust.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify svchust.exe related errors

Important: You should check the svchust.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 svchust issues

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