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"svchost.exe' Multiple Entries?

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#1 IcedOut3


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Posted 28 January 2008 - 06:47 PM

I've got several "svchost.exe" on my Windows Task Manager at any given time.. it wasn't like this before, I get a feeling is slowing down my pc :inlove: like right now there are 7 copies of it :flowers: is this normal or does it need to be fixed?

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 06:59 PM

svchost.exe may look like the same file in task manager but they are many separate services running through svchost.exe, normally there would be four under SYSTEM, two under NETWORK SERVICE, and one under LOCAL SERVICE. So in answer to your question... Yes it is normal.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:04 PM

Multiple svchost.exe entries is perfectly normal. I myself have seven. Windows uses these processes to host services.

You can reduce the number of svchost's by reducing the number of running services. Seek help with that here before disabling any services.

If you're interested in seeing what the services are, go to the Start menu then click on Run... and type (or copy) the following:

sc query > C:\services.txt

And press enter. This will generate a file called services.txt in C:\ that will list all the gobbledegook info about the running services.

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 28 January 2008 - 07:11 PM.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:05 PM

What he said. I have seven on my computer right now, nothing to worry about. svchost is the service manager, and it's a bit hard to explain, but if you only have one then your computer probably has a problem :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:12 PM

Svchost.exe is a generic process that "hosts" other processes (usually run as .dll's rather than as executables (like .exe)).

As such, the number of svchost.exe instances on your system will vary depending on which programs have called on it to "host" their "process". Some svchost.exe processes will only have 1 process running underneath it - while others may have upwards of 25 processes running underneath it. You can view these underlying processes by using this free program: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...ssExplorer.mspx Once it's installed, just hover your mouse over a svchost.exe process and it'll tell you what's running there.

Additionally, as Tomo2 has noted, they can run with different credentials (user accounts) - such as your User Name, Local Service, Network Service, System, and a few others. Each one has different abilities on how it interacts with Windows.

Finally, svchost.exe is usually located in the C:\Windows\System32 sub-directory. If it's located elsewhere (with a few exceptions) it may be a threat to your system - so you should ask for help in this case.
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Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:17 PM

There is also this tutorial: How to determine what services are running under a SVCHOST.EXE process

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