How to remove the swchost virus

Most antivirus programs identify swchost.exe as malware—for example TrendMicro identifies it as Cryp_Embed4, and Symantec identifies it as WS.Reputation.1.

The swchost.exe file is a software component of Softsys.
The origin of this file is from an unknown source. It is not an essential Windows file and it will most probably cause problems. It has the ability to take control of other programs. Most anti-virus software will detect is as a virus.

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Swchost.exe file information

The process known as swchost.exe appears to belong to software softsys by unknown.

Description: Swchost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The swchost.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 285,569 bytes. 
The program has no file description. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Swchost.exe is not a Windows system file. Swchost.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous.

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If swchost.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 64,622 bytes. The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. The swchost.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The swchost.exe file is not a Windows system file.

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Important: You should check the swchost.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 swchost issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active swchost process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the swchost.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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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