I use W7. My system takes up to 4 minutes to boot up. in Task Manager, under processes, there are a whole LOT of svchost, dlhost, taskhost and localhost (etc) entries. I'm the only user of my PC, but I only see these host files when I authorize Task Manager to show processes for ALL users. So are other people "using" my system?
I know at least one host file is mandatory, but these are outrageous. Moreover, many of them are using memory that has 6-7 digits, which is suspicious in itself. My CPU runs at 1% most of the time. It's possible they're using high-digit ports. I thought I saw that while digging around, but forgot where.
I've installed System Explorer. It says all these host files are safe. Maybe they're all using a host file that is a system file which is safe, but attaching registry entries to them that may not be. My registry cleaner is very safe - it only finds empty keys and missing files, etc. I miss the one I had for W98SW, which explained the problems it found and the security level involved, but left it to me to choose.I could also return entries incorrectly deleted. I'd like another like that one.
I also feel very certain that many of these host files are NOT beneficial, and are likely slowing my system down.
But how can I cull the baddies from the goodies?
Edited by hamluis, 06 April 2017 - 04:12 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Am I Infected - Hamluis.