How to remove the svcmain virus

Most antivirus programs identify svcmain.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as W32.Spybot.Worm, and Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/Rbot.

The free file information forum can help you find out how to remove it. If you have additional information about this file, please leave a comment or a suggestion for other users.

Click to Run a Free Virus Scan for the svcmain.exe malware

Svcmain.exe file information

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

Description: Svcmain.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file svcmain.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 1,453,568 bytes. 
The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. The svcmain.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run). Svcmain.exe is not a Windows system file. Svcmain.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 95% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify svcmain.exe related errors

Important: You should check the svcmain.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

seems like a keylogger

Summary: Average user rating of svcmain.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks svcmain.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

Do you have additional information? Help other users!
What do you know about svcmain.exe:
How would you rate it:
Link for more info:
Your Name:

Best practices for resolving svcmain issues

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

svcmain.exe [all]