What is svcnost.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the svcnost.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Svcnost.exe file information

The process known as Generic Host Process for Win32 Services appears to belong to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or tutl0aoler or Foxit PDF Editor by Microsoft ( or download corp or Foxit (

Description: Svcnost.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file svcnost.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 9,032,665 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 127,488 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The svcnost.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. There is no information about the author of the file. Svcnost.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name svcnost.exe, for example Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec), and TrojanDownloader:Win32/Zlob.APP or Trojan:Win32/Nedsym.G (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the svcnost.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 svcnost issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with svcnost. 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.

To help you analyze the svcnost.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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