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The Svchost.exe process (Generic Host Process for Win32 Services) is an integral part of Windows OS. It cannot be stopped or restarted manually. This process manages system services that run from dynamic link libraries (files with extension .dll). Examples for such system services are: "Automatic Updates", "Windows Firewall", "Plug and Play", "Fax Service", "Windows Themes" and many more.

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Because the svchost.exe process is used as a common system process, some malware often uses a process name of "svchost.exe" to disguise itself. Determining the image path of a process, and its invoking command line, can help identify software masquerading in this way, and help locate the actual program file which is running under the assumed process name of "svchost.exe" (MS Windows allows multiple processes to all display the same name). Some malware inject a .dll file into the authentic svchost process, for example Win32/Conficker worm.


It is not recommended to stop or remove the svchost.exe process. If the process svchost.exe uses high cpu resources, it is mostly because the service "Automatic Updates" is downloading some new Windows update. But having a 99% or 100% cpu usage could be caused by downloads due of some hidden malware on your computer. Some malware like the Conficker worm changes the Windows Registry so that svchost loads the malware .dll file. In this case you only see the authentic svchost.exe process in the task manager! Use malware removers to remove this immediately.

Users Opinions

Mark Duddridge
using all my CPU even in System Idle Process
popularity 16 negativ 17 report Report Abuse
One of these is definitely rogue. It runs at 770 MB, ranging from 40-70% CPU usage, right after boot up. When I check the properties, it has very little information, and none of the Microsoft information that the other instances has. Yet I can\'t delete or block it. How can I find this app in my system to virus scan it and/or delete it?
popularity 135 negativ 98 report Report Abuse
i have been having proplems for a month it takes 5 min to boot up. when looking at processes looks like host has a heart beat, jumping up and down on all of them.
popularity 23 negativ 36 report Report Abuse
Its more then 20 on my process and use huge amounts of my process memory.
popularity 347 negativ 169 report Report Abuse
Microsoft Windows Operating System svchost.exe its needed !!!
popularity 18 negativ 12 report Report Abuse
You can have many svchost.exe from 5 to 20+ depending on the number of DLLs that are running. NOTE: * The only concern about svchost.exe you need to pay attention to is CORRECT SPELLING- ANY variation will be a security issue. *Some "must" run due to required system ops. so you may not recognize or understand. Regardless, some need to run. *High CPU usage or crashes? Too many applications are running for your system. Older systems (chips,ram, memory)are being overworked. Close some apps. to see if this helps. If not, system upgrade or newer PC is needed(sorry). * Finally, consider this. I.E. was getting sluggish. So I switched to Firefox browser and like magic DLL/svchost.exe was no longer a CPU/Memory hog- no crashes, etc. svchost.exe but rather that your system is
popularity 62 negativ 10 report Report Abuse
This is the process on witch all of your services are running. Some services might be dangerous, but then you should be worrying about the service itself, not svchost.exe. There can be several services in one svchost.exe, but it is still normal to have a lot of them running at the same time.
popularity 12 negativ 1 report Report Abuse
Ok... but you smart people tell me why in gods green earth are there so many running i have 2 running at 121,000 KB.... and about 5 others around 18,000-4,000, I am running on Windows seven if you can email your answer,; Its a complete annoyance if you ask me!
popularity 231 negativ 184 report Report Abuse
I have 15 versions of this process running, one of which is using 67MB of memory????
popularity 31 negativ 32 report Report Abuse
Checking From the Command Line (Vista or XP Pro) If you want to see what services are being hosted by a particular svchost.exe instance, you can use the tasklist command from the command prompt in order to see the list of services. tasklist /SVC  More information
popularity 4 negativ 3 report Report Abuse
Francisci Moreno
is dangerous?
popularity 15 negativ 9 report Report Abuse
It's goood, but sometimes malware can modify it
popularity 6 negativ 1 report Report Abuse
Rocks25_is RIGHT_MICKEY6495
svchost.exe is a system process belonging to the Microsoft Windows Operating System which handles processes executed from DLLs. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.  More information
popularity 15 negativ 0 report Report Abuse
au xxI ème siècle, les dieux de l'informatique, pourraient prévoir un bouton, pour pouvoir obtenir 1 traduction compréhensible dans sa langue maternelle. No comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
popularity 6 negativ 3 report Report Abuse
memory hog
popularity 1 negativ 0 report Report Abuse
Kevin Pounders
I have 4 Generic Host For WIN32 Services, Should i delete them turn them off or leave them alone?  More information
popularity 0 negativ 6 report Report Abuse
Some of you guys have GREAT patience! The redundancy of the svchost questions is much more epidemic than the redundancy of the svchost processes... especially since GENNESSIS has provided such a clear and detailed explaination.
popularity 3 negativ 0 report Report Abuse
no user
im getting all of you 1BY 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!now laugh shoot off fireworks
popularity 0 negativ 10 report Report Abuse
chuck schneider
need to know if this is a problem for my operating system ?
popularity 5 negativ 44 report Report Abuse
Can I make some or all of them a low priority without damaging my computer?
popularity 0 negativ 0 report Report Abuse
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