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

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

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

Purpose of this file:
Svchst.exe is a program file which most likely was installed by you. Verify the exact disk location shown below. Be aware that this program name has been reported as spyware or adware related, and is something I would surely remove if this was on my computer. Note that the name is very close to a popular system name, svchst.exe is close to svchost.exe and this is often a red flag. You should remove this from your startup immediately. Note that removing it from startup will mean that it isn't running, so you cannot hurt anything as you could always add it back again if it was spyware. You should reboot immediately after removing it from startup, then verify it is not running in your startup list after reboot. Visit svchst.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 svchst.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
This will be located at PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\svchst.exe


  • Is svchst.exe spyware?
        Yes. This is considered a spyware related program.

  • Is this software task considered adware or malware?
        Yes. This is advertising related, so it is considered adware and may be causing popup windows on your computer.

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

  • Would you recommend that I remove svchst.exe?
        Yes, I would remove svchst.exe if it was on my computer. If you wish to do this, and you get an error message because you cannot access it, you should first terminate the task in your tasklist and then attempt to add it to your recycle bin again.

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