How to remove the svmhost virus

Most antivirus programs identify svmhost.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as Backdoor.Sdbot, and Kaspersky identifies it as Backdoor.Win32.SdBot.hgb.

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Svmhost.exe file information

The file itself provides very little indication as to its creator. However, here are some useful tips about svmhost.exe.

Description: Svmhost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The svmhost.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 933,888 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\RunServices). Svmhost.exe is not a Windows core file. Svmhost.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 95% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If svmhost.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 98,304 bytes. The program has a visible window. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\RunServices). Svmhost.exe is not a Windows system file.

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Important: You should check the svmhost.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

I've heard form many sites that this is the "FORBOT-CH WORM!" other sites say it's harmless

Summary: Average user rating of svmhost.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving svmhost issues

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