What is svshost.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 svshost.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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Svshost.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svshost
Svshost.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Update appears to belong to software Data.ProSpy or Update by .

Description: Svshost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svshost.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 946,176 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 46,592 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The process has no file description. The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The svshost.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run). The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Svshost.exe is able to monitor applications, hide itself, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 92% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name svshost.exe, for example Sus/ComPack-C (detected by Sophos), and Trojan:Win32/Gaobot.gen or Trojan:Win32/VB.AFR (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the svshost.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

IM not sure but i tihnk its related to the msn dll problem
say microsoft windows updates(z) the z is obviously fake
svchost.exe just imported a lod of virus into the system
SVSHOST.EXE is a virus. I used RegRun and that got rid of it, theres a free download of regrun
  Roy, UK.  
to remove write in cmd: taskkill /f /im svshost.exe then delete the exe
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Svshost.exe Is'nt trojan It's just Link it'S created "C:\windows\sdir\" Folder and downloaded Trojan It folder They Name is locop.exe lc.exe zm.exe helper.exe And Connected IRC server, Welcome To HeLL :)
  I'm a angeL In The HeLL...  
Opens a back door by contacting an IRC server at the IP address through TCP port 32440. This allows a remote attacker to have unauthorized access to the compromised computer.
  rgoose   (further information)
it can removed by microsoft security essentials

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of svshost.exe: based on 12 votes with 10 user comments. One user thinks svshost.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 5 users think svshost.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about 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.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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