What is svshost.dll?

Svshost.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if svshost.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Svshost.dll file information

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

Description: Svshost.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The svshost.dll file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 2,560 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad). The svshost.dll file is not a Windows core file. svshost.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name svshost.dll, for example BKDR_SMALL.GCZ or TROJ_AGENT.PUF (detected by TrendMicro), and Backdoor:Win32/Syrutrk.B (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the svshost.dll 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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Summary: Average user rating of svshost.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks svshost.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving svshost issues

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