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Windows Defender Update Prob

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#1 tiyans


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Posted 01 October 2008 - 03:33 AM

i have windows defender and my windows xp os is validated but when i would click CHECK FOR UPDATES NOW in windows defender i would get a message saying Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 07:00 AM


This problem could be caused by any number of reasons. Follow this link to manually download and install the latest definitions.

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 08:45 AM

Svchost.exe is the filename for Generic Host Process for Win32 Services. It is a process name for a group of services that are run from dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). This is a process that can run other services underneath itself so it may not be svchost.exe that's the issue, but rather one of the processes running underneath it. See "How to determine what services are running under a SVCHOST.EXE process".

In order to identify the underlying process you can download and use Process Explorer or System Explorer to investigate all running processes and gather additional information to identify and resolve problems. These tools will show the process CPU usage, a description and its path location. If you right-click on the file in question and select properties, you will see more details about the file.

If you do a Google search for Generic Host Process for Win32 Error, you will find this error is a common complaint by many users with no single solution. What works for one person may not work for another. What I have seen as the most common fix is disabling automatic Windows updates as it seems that the port it uses causes the problem.

The error could also be related to drivers for Hewlett-Packard printers and scanners. See Generic Host Process for Win32 Services.

Also see Generic Host Process for Win32 Services" error message after you start the computer
Generic Host Process Error Message.
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