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svchost Question

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#1 drew42


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 12:37 PM

I am trying to determine whether I have a virus, which leads me to my question.  I'm running Windows 8 (not 8.1).  If I look at system performance in the Task Manager in the process tab, I see an unnamed process that uses up various amounts of system resources.


It uses up to 1.6 Mbps of network traffic, 5% of the CPU, 600 MB of memory, and small amounts of disk traffic.  Sometimes it is quiet and sometimes not.  The network traffic is predominantly downloads.


In Task Manager, if I right click on the process and select Open File Location, it shows C:\Windows\SysWOW64\svchost.exe.


My question: Is this normal behavior for one of the svchost processes, or do I have a virus?  Thanks.




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#2 WhiteZero


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 02:26 PM

You can view what a particular svchost.exe instance is doing with Process Explorer. If it's a legit svchost.exe instance, several Windows Services will be listed when you hover your mouse over the exe.


Anyway, you should really post this over in the Am I infected? section (or a mod will likely move this thread anyway).

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