• Valid program

    PROVSVC.DLL Information

    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.

  • Name
    HomeGroup Provider
  • Filename
    provsvc.dll
  • Command
    C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
  • Description
    Microsoft service that performs networking tasks associated with configuration and maintenance of homegroups. If this service is stopped or disabled, your computer will be unable to detect other homegroups and your homegroup might not work properly. It is recommended that you keep this service running.

    Please note that this service is launched by svchost.exe, but the actual application is what is listed as the filename.
  • File Location
    %System%
  • Startup Type
    This startup entry is installed as a Windows service.
  • Service Name
    HomeGroupProvider
  • Display Name
    HomeGroup Provider
  • HijackThis Category
    O23 Entry
  • Note
    %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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