This is a valid program that is required to run at startup.
This program is required to run on startup in order to benefit from its functionality or so that the program will work. The following information is a brief description of what is known about this file. If you require further assistance for this file, feel free to ask about in the forums.
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
Windows service that provides four management services: Catalog Database Service, which confirms the signatures of Windows files and allows new programs to be installed; Protected Root Service, which adds and removes Trusted Root Certification Authority certificates from this computer; Automatic Root Certificate Update Service, which retrieves root certificates from Windows Update and enable scenarios such as SSL; and Key Service, which helps enroll this computer for certificates. If this service is stopped, these management services will not function properly. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.
Please note that this service is launched by svchost.exe
, but the actual application is what is listed as the filename.
This startup entry is installed as a Windows service.
%System% is a variable that refers to the Windows System folder. By default this is C:\Windows\System for Windows 95/98/ME, C:\Winnt\System32 for Windows NT/2000, or C:\Windows\System32 for Windows XP/Vista/7.
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This is NOT a list of tasks/processes taken from Task Manager or
the Close Program window (CTRL+ALT+DEL) but a list of startup applications,
although you will find some of them listed via this method. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL identifies programs
that are currently running - not necessarily at startup.
Therefore, before ending a task/process via CTRL+ALT+DEL just because it has an "X" recommendation,
please check whether it's in MSCONFIG or the registry first.
An example would be "svchost.exe" - which doesn't appear in either under normal conditions but does via CTRL+ALT+DEL.
If in doubt, don't do anything.