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This consists of programs that are misleading, harmful, or undesirable. How DO we people who are not extremely knowledgeable about computers know if we disable something it won't adversely impact other processes or if we can even enable it again? Why don't you buy a MAC if you want bare basic stability? January 27, 2008 aakash Wow!, It's a great article.

Pushing the Kaspersky definition updater right now. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. January 24, 2008 Jennifer Thank you for this simple explanation. October 29, 2009 billy Realy good mate, nice work.

It is not a Windows core file. Thank you so much! Scvhosts.exe is found in the C:\Windows directory.

This process is most likely a virus or trojan. but I want to say THX as well! (: May 7, 2009 Warren Yes I justed needed someone to put it in a simple way. March 25, 2008 jordy la forge I don't have any svchosts running, I think its stopping my "windows update" from working. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

July 19, 2008 paramveer singh thumbs up!! When I found these I was kinda lost.. Just above under "Similar Articles " look for "Svchost Viewer Shows Exactly What Each svchost.exe Instance is Doing". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 176,752bytes (50% of all these files), 86,140bytes or, as the case may be, 13,179,660bytes.

February 25, 2009 TD Thanks for taking the time to explain and put this all together. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner. All the info contained in this article was konown to me, it is the combination you propose that is valueable! Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run, Winlogon\Shell, DEFAULT\Run).

October 28, 2009 Nisar Kottayil Its Great!!Really nice!! I never really understood what they were. The file can be found in the Windows folder; however, it is not a Windows system file. May 24, 2008 Dreams Clear and concise…great job The Geek!

Therefore, you should check the scvhost.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. February 27, 2008 Gouse Good stuff…… March 3, 2008 jen Thanks for the info! November 21, 2009 zach big thanks, it has helped a lot :) November 21, 2009 Badri Narasimhan Excellent article. Keep it up!

The program is not visible. I have a question please; Can someone recommend a computer guy who can delete all the unecessary process ( I have 61 currently) that are running on my computer and make You know, I hate to say this, but I tend to agree with the writer who said this is Windows. January 26, 2008 lankapo gosh, thanks for the info.

Now I understand why. works as expected. Disclaimer It is assumed that users are familiar with the operating system they are using and comfortable with making the suggested changes.

Instead, will install Process Explorer use it the next time svchost starts hogging CPU.

The file is not a Windows core file. I can't ge the "go to services" menu on right click, can you guide it on XP ? Many thanks! does it possible…..can this be true….plssss Help me… February 8, 2008 Steven Klassen Great article, thanks!

December 19, 2009 Mallory This was so helpful! July 11, 2008 Monish Sankar Thanks for such a great explanation. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL identifies programs that are currently running - not necessarily at startup. Thank you so much!