What is svchost.exe?

svchost.exe is part of Microsoft® Windows® Operating System and developed by Microsoft Corporation according to the svchost.exe version information.

svchost.exe's description is "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services"

svchost.exe is digitally signed by Microsoft Windows Publisher.

svchost.exe is usually located in the 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\' folder.

None of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal reports anything malicious about svchost.exe.

If you have additional information about the file, please share it with the FreeFixer users by posting a comment at the bottom of this page.

Vendor and version information [?]

The following is the available information on svchost.exe:

Product nameMicrosoft® Windows® Operating System
Company nameMicrosoft Corporation
File descriptionGeneric Host Process for Win32 Services
Internal namesvchost.exe
Original filenamesvchost.exe
Legal copyright© Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Product version5.1.2600.2180
File version5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)

Here's a screenshot of the file properties when displayed by Windows Explorer:

Product nameMicrosoft® Windows® Operating System
Company nameMicrosoft Corporation
File descriptionGeneric Host Process for Win32 Servi..
Internal namesvchost.exe
Original filenamesvchost.exe
Legal copyright© Microsoft Corporation. All rights..
Product version5.1.2600.2180
File version5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2..

Digital signatures [?]

svchost.exe has a valid digital signature.

Signer nameMicrosoft Windows Publisher
Certificate issuer nameMicrosoft Windows Verification Intermediate PCA
Certificate serial number6113452f000000000036

VirusTotal report

None of the 52 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the svchost.exe file.

None of the 52 anti-virus programs detected the svchost.exe file.

Folder name variants

svchost.exe may also be located in other folders than C:\WINDOWS\system32\. The most common variants are listed below:

Other files also named svchost.exe

svchost.exe (635 votes)

Hashes [?]


Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to svchost.exe:

svchost.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

svchost.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has stopped working.

End Program - svchost.exe. This program is not responding.

svchost.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

svchost.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

What will you do with svchost.exe?

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What did other users do?

The poll result listed below shows what users chose to do with svchost.exe. 35% have voted for removal. Based on votes from 231 users.

User vote results: There were 80 votes to remove and 151 votes to keep

NOTE: Please do not use this poll as the only source of input to determine what you will do with svchost.exe.

Malware or legitimate?

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Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

zairel writes

6 thumbs

i will keep it!

# 16 Dec 2007, 10:51

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