What is svchosts.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 svchosts.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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Svchosts.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with svchosts
Svchosts.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Chocolate CupCake or Ject.exe or Microsoft

belongs to software Ject or Chocolate Shit or Windows Update or Projekt1 or COM+ Messages

by Microsoft ( or CupCake Chocolate Shit or BIE.

Description: Svchosts.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svchosts.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 73,216 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 13,179,660 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is not visible. Svchosts.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, RunOnce). Svchosts.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% 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 svchosts.exe, for example Artemis!A2B6977AD191 (detected by McAfee), and VirTool:Win32/DelfInject.gen!BD (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the svchosts.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

dunno trying to remove no-beba-el-agua
Unlike svchost, the svchosts is malware related. It gathers info from your PC but I'm yet to see it generate traffic in- or outwards.
From what ive heard this one with an "s" at the end is a threat/virus. The correct microsoft file generichost process is svchost with no "s" on the end.
this file is a threat to your internet connection as it opens up loads of connection and clogs up your internet to the point it stops working - deleted and no problems
Seems to open communication port...... doesn't seem armfull but it is not a well intentioned program. It's installed from a MSN messenger update mail....
I serached the text for "http" and this file has the websites and - both of which are no good marketing sites - Definitely delete it or quarantine it.
it is dangerous process. my computer stopp ed opening sites
  ajmer singh mann  
its a keylogger
I opened the task manager and found five processes of svchosts.exe so i tried ending them. i was able to remove three before my computer activated an automatic system shut down.
They can sometime dominate most of my cpu power
in excel & word it appears and automatically written various things
I loose this file and my windows keep asking for this file every time I turn on my pc
well annep is rite svchost is a windows file..... svchosts the trojan is usually present in pirated windows version
It is a trojan that generate plenty of unwanted files to degrade computer performance, spread by remoable drive, eg: thumbdrive
  Chu Teik  

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Summary: Average user rating of svchosts.exe: based on 13 votes with 14 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 8 users think svchosts.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade svchosts.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving svchosts issues

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