Most antivirus programs identify winsvchost.exe as malware—e.g. Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Genome.amomz or not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.ccl, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_SPNR.0CC513 or TROJ_SPNR.07LC12.
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Description: Winsvchost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winsvchost.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 386,560 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 129,024 bytes, 431,104 bytes or 592,384 bytes.
It is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The winsvchost.exe file is not a Windows core file. Winsvchost.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 63% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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Important: You should check the winsvchost.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 winsvchost. 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 winsvchost.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.