What is svchosl.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 svchosl.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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Svchosl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svchosl
Svchosl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Svchosl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Svchosl.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 147,968 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 584,082 bytes, 250,368 bytes, 50,176 bytes or 615,310 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. Svchosl.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell, MACHINE\RunServices, Run, DEFAULT\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Svchosl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, hide itself, manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 95% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name svchosl.exe, for example Worm.Win32.AutoRun.dhz (detected by F-Secure), and Win32:AutoRun-AHK (detected by Avast). Therefore, you should check the svchosl.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

This file starts with windows and creates multiple processes that take up CPU entirely. System slows down and overheats. It also monitors keyboard input and web activities. Download Security task manager and either quarantine or delete it.
i only find that svchosl.exe it slow down the speed of pc when it starts, i read in another forum.... guy says... just download the HIJACKTHIS software and run scan only and check these files and click fix this Run Hijackthis and put a check next to these entries: F3 - REG:win.ini: load=C:\WINDOWS\system32\scvhost.exe F3 - REG:win.ini: run=C:\WINDOWS\system32\scvhost.exe O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Generic Host Process] C:\WINDOWS\system32\scvhost.exe O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [Generic Host Process] C:\WINDOWS\system32\scvhost.exeClose all browsers and other windows and click "Fix this".

Summary: Average user rating of svchosl.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think svchosl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks svchosl.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving svchosl issues

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

To help you analyze the svchosl.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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