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 svhost.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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Description: Svhost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svhost.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 27,136 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 1,054,720 bytes and 33 more variants.
The svhost.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows core file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Winlogon\Shell, DEFAULT\Run, RunOnce, User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Runonce, win.ini, MACHINE\RunOnce). The program is not visible. Svhost.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Svhost.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself, manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 85% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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There are different files with the same name:
Important: Some malware also uses the file name svhost.exe, for example Worm:Win32/Neeris or Adware:Win32/Adpool (detected by Microsoft), and Backdoor.Win32.IRCBot.hyr or Trojan.Win32.StartPage.ahg (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the svhost.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with svhost. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 svhost.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.