What is telling you that svchost.exe is the problem? Svchost.exe
is a generic host
process name for a group of services that are run from dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). This is a valid system process that belongs to the Windows Operating System which handles processes executed from DLLs. It runs from the registry key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Svchost where details of the services running under each instance of svchost.exe can be found. At startup, Svchost.exe checks the services portion of the registry to construct a list of services that it needs to load.
Are you sure of the spelling
. If it is scvhost.exe
, then this a Trojan
You can download and use Process Explorer
to investigate all processes and gather additional information to identify and resolve problems. This tool will show the process CPU useage, a description, company name and its path (location). If you right-click on the file in question and select properties, you can gather additional information.
In Windows XP, the default setting is for the computer to reboot automatically
when a fatal error occurs. You should be able to see the error by looking in the Event Log
. An alternative is to turn off the automatic reboot so you can actually see the error code/STOP Message when it happens - this is also known as the Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD).
To change the recovery settings and Disable Automatic Rebooting
, do this:
1. Right-click on My Computer and select Properties
> Advanced tab
2. Under "Startup and Recovery
" click on the "Settings
" button and go to "System failure
3. Make sure "Write an event to the system log
" is checked and
that "Automatically restart
" is UNchecked
4. Click "OK
" and reboot for the changes to take effect.
Doing this won't cure your problem but instead of crashing and restarting you will get a blue diagnostic screen with information displayed that will allow you to better trace your problem. See "Extract troubleshooting info from Windows XP BSOD error messages
" and How to Find BSOD Error Messages
. Also see "Windows XP Error Codes
", "Events and Errors Message Center
" and "Troubleshooting Windows Stop Messages
". If you don't find the error code you have in any of these links, then try doing a Google search of it.