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How do I identify the legitimate svchost.exe file?

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#1 Timithos


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Posted 04 March 2009 - 06:48 PM

How do I identify the legitimate svchost.exe file? What is it's proper location? Who is the publisher?

The bleepingcomputer startup database had no listing for the legitimate svchost.exe file - only illegitimate ones. And in some of those trojan/worm descriptions, it mentioned that there is a real svchost.exe file, but no further info.

As suggested by bleepingcomputer, I downloaded Autoruns. However, before i proceed in removing these files, it says to identify the legitimate svchost.exe file first.

I'm using Windows XP Home. My computer is starting slow. It take over 5 minutes for my Internet to come on, so I'm working on my startup items bit by bit.

Edited by Timithos, 04 March 2009 - 07:07 PM.

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 04 March 2009 - 08:09 PM

The Svchost.exe file is located in the %SystemRoot%\System32 folder.

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