svchost.exe - Is svchost.exe trojan, malware, or a virus?

what is svchost.exe?
Purpose of svchost.exe:



Process or task name:

Always double check your task spelling if you are concerned about spyware or viruses, as often they use similiar spelling for these windows processes and tasks: svchost.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
svchost.exe is a program that would have arrived on your computer the day you purchased it. Always verify the exact disk location as shown below, since many spyware and virus writers attempt to fool you by using similiar or same names but locate the file in other folders. Svchost.exe is a program which is a critical windows program which monitors programs, manages dll's, and controls loading of system processes. You will find multiple occurances of this running. This will always be running and you cannot kill this task. This svchost.exe file is considered safe and is not spyware or virus related, however, make sure the file is not located at c:\svchost.exe, as many viruses and spyware programs have used this name to confuse you, and several viruses put this svchost name in your root directory which is not the proper location for this file. Also pay close attention that svchost is not spelled scvhost, as these are not the same but look so close its hard to notice! Visit svchost.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the svchost.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
This program is located in your Windows\system32 folder, as in %SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe


  • Is svchost.exe spyware?
        No, this windows task is not spyware.

  • Is this software task considered adware or malware?
        No, this windows task is not popup or adware related software.

  • Is svchost.exe considered a virus or trojan?
        No, this windows task is not a virus or trojan program.

  • Would you recommend that I remove svchost.exe?
        No, I would not remove this file.

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