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multiple instances of svchost.exe ? Is this normal?


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#1 triggerhappypappy

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:15 PM

I have six instances of svchost.exe running on my computer at the same time.I am not 100 percent sure what the true function of this program is.
Do I really need all six running at the same time?
Any input on this matter would be very helpful!!
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:48 PM

Relax, please. Completely normal. SVCHOST is a big windows process which runs a whole range of other services.
Each instance runs one or more services.
Get yourself ProcessExplorer from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspx, substitute it for task manager forever.
Right click each instance of svchost and it will show you the hierarchy and all the jobs svchost is doing.

So long as it's in system32 folder and the date of the file makes sense (last Windows updates for instance) and your antivirus isn't objecting that svchost been taken over, you're ok.

Touch any of those instances and our Windows might not even boot. It's that important.

Good tutorial is on this site http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/list-services-running-under-svchost.exe-process/

Edited by tos226, 20 March 2009 - 08:51 PM.


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Posted 21 March 2009 - 02:10 PM

Thank you tos226! I just thought it was strange, having that many processes running at the same time.
Thanks for the advice on "ProcessExplorer".. I will definitely look into this.
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