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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.

Other instance of svchost.exe:

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.

Recommendation:

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

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I have 8, and I am suspicious. I have a good AV, firewall, anti-spybot, ad-aware, and I am not so lucky
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George
One of my svchost is using 99% of my CPU, when connected to the internet.
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B. L
To \"Gennessis\". In my opinion, your explanation is excellent. Thank You!
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Adam
Totallt trustworthy. svhost.exe is the virus. not svchost.exe
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Geckoshome
I got 5 of them runnin and why the the hell do i need 5 of them!
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brainpup
Hey Gennessis thats the best explanation I\'ve ever seen about Svchost.exe, I\'ve always know that it was used by Windows to run all the services that run in the background, I just never figured out why I have 6 of them running at once. But now that you mentioned it, its a good thing that all those services aren\'t running under one roof or we\'d have more crashes than we do with Windows. NOTE: to those of you that are getting all of your RAM eatin up by Svchost.exe...do like I did and add more RAM, I\'ve got 1.8 GB and I don\'t even notice the 6 svchost.exe I\'ve got running all the time plus the other 34 processes for a total of 40 always running when I look at my task manager.
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totally confused guy
I have 15 of svchost.exe processes running!!!! I have Vista business I have scanned my computer with many different antivirus software\'s including Norton (which I hate), McAffee (it\'s alright), AVG Free (best free version ever), and my favorite...Kaspersky. So far, no virus/trojan/worm/spyware/etc. have been found so i don\'t know why so many of these processes are running at once. is there a way to limit the number of svchost.exe processes running? thx
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R Phillips
as this file can be used to hide other programs such as malware, this makes svchost a risk, while it is a part of the WinXp OS. it is manipulated by Malware programmers
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pf1017
It would be nice if Microsoft could comment! It would sae all tis hassle.
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Chandra Mohan
May be it is trustworthy, but same named virus was effect my computer , it create duplicate exe files look like folder and while try to open that folder! it took no result and slow down the computer. Must check and decide it is virus or not.
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Guffe
Yes it is normal to have a ton of these. Don\'t ask me why, its a microsoft thing.  More information
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MAt
i have 11 host process for windows services (svchost.exe) is this normal please help im going crazy
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VicAnna
El proceso se ejecuta al iniciar el sistema, y chequea parte de los servicios del registro para hacer la lista de servicios que deben abrirse. Por lo general, múltiples instancias del proceso Svchost.exe son ejecutadas al mismo tiempo. Cada una de estas instancias puede contener un grupo de listas de servicios. Este agrupamiento de servicios permite un mejor control y fácil depuración, pero también causa algunas dificultades a los usuarios. Esto se debe a que el mismo nombre de archivo es utilizado por virus, espías, caballos de troya y otros malwares para ocultar su actividad.
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Mbaill
be very careful with these, once on a windows help forum some told me to terminate some of my svchost and since then I cant use my windows system tools(apphelp.dll just cant be found no more) but on the other hand I did have a trojan or worm (I\'m not sure wich )running out of a svchost and it did fix that
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Morgan Sim
???HELP??? I don\'t know what svchost.exe is for and why Do I have 5(Five)of it running in my system? Is it really neccessary to have so many repeats? This process is eating up most of my memory! Can somebody pls help?
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r0ut3r
Don\'t terminate this active proccess and don\'t delete, is functionally to system services (Audio of Windows, firewall of Windows). If neccesary, you can repair this svchost.exe with antivirus software or anti-spyware software.
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Gil
Sistema operacional, programa OK
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joe
remove or repair svchost.exe
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sam
i ended this once as i did not know what it was for... and i had to reformat my comp. oops
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jarfil
Windows system service
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