svchost.exe

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Bman, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    I see these postings all over the net. I have posted about it once or twice before too. Now from what I have read "svhost.exe" is the one which is a virus or well a problem if you have it. And svchost.exe is normal. Now if it's normal, why do I have 3 to 6 of them all the time, and using alot of ram as well. Can this be changed, or what about it?
     
  2. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    You will have as many as needed for different essential applications. I have 6 of them running as I type this.

    Never disable it, it is part of the OS.

    Read:
    http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/?files=svchost.exe

    Here is an explanation of it direct from MicroSquish as to XP Pro Edition:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314056

    Windows 2000:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/250320

    and from Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svchost


    As to your concern about the mem hogging. This quote from the Wiki:
     
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  3. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Thanks for all the info. I wish they were not needed. Some of mine are running at 15,000K at times.
     
  4. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    It would be nice to know which app is running with which svchost linked to it so we could figure out a way to minimize the memory usage. Maybe someone here knows how to?
     
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    or just run this from the command line
    Code:
    tasklist /svc /FI "IMAGENAME eq svchost.exe"
     
  7. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team