Svchost.exe Is it a windows essential programme or a virus

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I am running a windows XP on a very slow computer. At times I struggle to keep the least number of applications alive so that they would occupy the least RAM. Of late I have noticed a suspicious file appearing in my tasks of task manager.

It is named as svchost.exe.

Could any one tell me if this is a genuine process or a virus.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #88512

Svchost.exe Is it a windows essential programme or a virus

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Well, there is really nothing to worry about, because according to Microsoft "Svchost.exe" is a generic host process for the name of services that are running on dynamic- link libraries.

If you see too many svchost ,then one thing you can do is cancel all of them and restart your computer to see if there is multiple of them or not. I hope I have tried solving your problem.

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Svchost.exe Is it a windows essential programme or a virus

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Hi Myron,

Svchost.exe is not a Malware/spyware file. It is an internal part of the Microsoft Operating system. According to Microsoft: “svchost.exe is a generic host process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries”.

That is, they help in running the windows services. You can have more than one svchost.exe processes running simultaneously on the computer. You can stop the service by temporarily disabling the particular svchost.exe process.

Hope this helps.

Betty

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