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#1 YellowAmigo

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 09:46 AM

I have a small question. I periodically check Windows task manager to see what and how many processes are running. Lately I have noticed that I have 5 copies of the process SVCHOST.EXE running at the same time. Is this something I should be worried about or is it common to have this happen? If it is a problem, what should I do about it.

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#2 jgweed

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:13 AM

Having multiple SVCHOST instances open and running concurrently is normal for Windows and should in itself not be a matter of concern.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:15 AM

Yes, it is perfectly normal to have a few svchost.exe running at one time.

svchost.exe is a system process belonging to the Microsoft Windows Operating System which handles processes executed from DLLs. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.


However, they can also be a malware. And svchost.exe are resides in %System% directory and should not be any other place.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:24 AM

The thing is, certain executable files (like SVCHOST.EXE, which should appear several times in the process list) start up multiple services. Also, in most cases the name of the executable file in the process list is not representative of the service(s) it starts.


http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?art...1759&page=5

#5 YellowAmigo

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:37 AM

Thanks, I wasn't too worried, but just was wondering if I should be...




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