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#1 swas

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 04:13 PM

Hello... I have five processes of svchost.exe running on my computer. Is this normal???? One says LOCAL SERVICE, two say SYSTEM, and two say NETWORK SERVICE.

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 04:46 PM

It can be a normal Windows system process or it can be malware depending on where it resides.

Do you have any problems occurring on this computer?

Are you running an anti-virus program that updates its definitions regularly and scans on a set schedule?

What other malware programs do you use and have running, IE, Adaware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Windows Defender, etc?

The following Microsoft article may help you understand what Svchost.exe is:

A description of Svchost.exe in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314056

#3 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 06:29 PM

A description of Svchost.exe in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314056

That's a good article. I always thought of svchost as an envelope. An envelope that contains services. When the envelope gets full, Windows opens a second envelope and so on.

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 17 April 2006 - 06:29 PM.

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 09:28 PM

When the envelope gets full, Windows opens a second envelope and so on.


As I understand it, Servicehost contains the services that are running. When a new service starts up, a new copy of Servicehost runs. Some services may require their own svchost. (From what I gather looking at programming commentary)

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