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Old 18 January 2007, 13:37   #1
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Anyone know what the Microsoft program, which resides in the system32 folder, svchost.exe, does?

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Anyone know what the Microsoft program, which resides in the system32 folder, svchost.exe, does?

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JW, I always find a simple google of the process name does the trick:

http://www.liutilities.com/products/...brary/svchost/
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Anyone know what the Microsoft program, which resides in the system32 folder, svchost.exe, does?

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Yeahhh..it's where your 'puter stores the evidence of all them dodgy sites you've been surfing..............
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Thanks for that enlightening but confusing link, Jimbo.
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Ok, sorry

I've done a bit more digging, and this one might be a bit clearer: http://ask-leo.com/where_is_it_alrig...exe_to_be.html

Basically - if you only have the one running (and the one in the system32 folder) it looks like you're ok. If you have more than one, stop and delete all the ones that are not in the system32 folder!

I tend to use AVG virus killer (Free!), Spybot Search & Destroy (Free!) and Ad-Aware (Yep, free!). I also have Zone Alarm (Free!!!!) running - the first 3 should pick up if there are any svchost problems if you do a scan.
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Basically - if you only have the one running (and the one in the system32 folder) it looks like you're ok. If you have more than one, stop and delete all the ones that are not in the system32 folder!
Thatís incorrect. It likely that there are numerous copies running. I currently have 13 instances.

svchost.exe is used by windows to run services such as the DHCP client (used to obtain an IP address for your network card/modem), the Event Log, the pretty blue/silver XP themes etc.
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Thatís incorrect. It likely that there are numerous copies running. I currently have 13 instances.
OK, my apologies for feeding duff information - I only gathered it from a quick google. Sorry JW, hope you get it sorted.

Cheers for technical and accurate info Daniel - will make a note.
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Like in the motor insurance ads

I've got 12 ( and that's on a tablet!!)

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Most will have around that number. The reason there are so many is that each instance is running using different credentials, such as LocalService, LocalServiceNoNetwork, NetworkService etc, so that the services being hosted by svchost only have the access they need and no more.


Sorry Jimbo, didn't mean to sound harsh or anything..
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