How to remove the svghost virus

Most antivirus programs identify svghost.exe as malware—for example Symantec identifies it as W32.Spybot.Worm, and F-Secure identifies it as Suspicious:W32/Malware!Gemini.

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Svghost.exe file information

The svghost.exe process does provide any valid information about its producer.

Description: Svghost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Svghost.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 946,176 bytes (90% of all occurrences) or 937,984 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. Svghost.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run). The svghost.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Svghost.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself, manipulate other programs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 95% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the svghost.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

Bösartig, versucht Zahlung von 25 Euro (Paysafe) durch sperren des kompletten Desktops, auch nach neustart aktiv. Lösung: Im abgesicherten Modus starten und über "msconfig" den Eintrag Systemstart entfernen. Avira erkennt ihn zwar kann aber den Eintrag im Systemstart nicht verhindern.
High network traffic

Summary: Average user rating of svghost.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks svghost.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving svghost issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active svghost process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the svghost.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.

Other processes

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