SVCHOST.exe Keeps on Running and Ruins My Computers Performance!!...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by Ken, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Ken

    Ken Guest

    This file called SVCHOST.exe is consuming my RAM, hard drive, CPU and
    everything on my Vista machine to capacity use. I know the real one is a
    necessary program, but there are many copies of this file working
    simultaneously here and my performance is down to a crawl or a crash. I've
    looked everywhere for a solution and have tried a couple to no avail. I get
    no working answers from anyone. Many, many other Windows users are getting
    this in massive amounts, too, so it's not isolated to me. Everything slows
    to a crawl often several times a day. I often have to restart.

    I am told it might be one or more viruses that does this, and I've been told
    it might be an unfixed bug in Vista, but no square answers. My scans and
    virus updates from Norton and MS haven't fixed this problem.

    I am now seriously thinking of copying my whole disk to an outboard memory
    and reintalling Linux on my machine instead of Windows Vista, as no one
    seems to want to address this issue in the Vista world, even though it is
    obviously a very prevalent problem.

    Please, someone, HELP!!

    Thank you in advance.
    Ken, Feb 27, 2009
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  2. Oh? Whom have you asked? Any experienced IT professionals?

    Really? This is the first I've heard of Svchost.exe, in and of itself,
    causing any problems. Rather, it's almost invariably something else,
    even malware, that the computer user has installed and is hijacking the
    service. However, I will concede that *blaming* Vista, rather than
    seeking the actual cause of the issue, is definitely not isolated to you.

    It's perfectly normal to have several instances of Svchost.exe
    running simultaneously. This article specifically discusses WinXP, but
    it still applies to Vista.

    A Description of Svchost.exe in Windows XP;en-us;Q314056

    You simply need to determine whether or not you have undesired programs
    running in the background using Svchost. Try using Process Explorer
    and/or AutoRuns to determine what you have running in the background:

    Yes, it's true that many sorts of malware can "hijack" the service.
    What do your antivirus and anti-spyware applications have to report
    about the situation?

    If it's a bug in Vista, you're the first to discover it.

    Hint: try something more reliable than "Norton" or Vista's built-in tools.

    Honestly, if you can't manage to keep Vista running, you have no chance
    at all of successfully using Linux. The very fact that you can claim
    Svchost is consuming your hard drive indicates that you know far too
    little about computers at this time. You'll face a very steep learning
    curve trying to get any use out of Linux.

    No one can really address an "issue" that is "prevalent" only in your
    own imagination.


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    Bruce Chambers, Feb 27, 2009
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    Peter Foldes Guest

    To make you feel better, I have 13 running with no loss of performance. Did you
    check other processes like Indexing or something else that is running and open
    without you seeing it
    Peter Foldes, Feb 27, 2009
  4. Ken

    Ken Guest

    First of all, run a search on svchost.exe and you'll find many with this
    widely known problem. Many say it's a virus. Some blame it on a bug within
    Vista that doesn't have a fix, although there is apparently a fix for this
    same problem available for XP. When I installed the XP fix on Vista it
    seemed to lessen it, but then it started again within 24 hours. There are
    now reports that this fix no longer works for XP, either.

    I quit predominantly using Linux in 1994, possibly before you started using
    it, and studied Computer Science before there was a Linux, so I'm not new to
    it, or to computers. This is a problem that has grown over the past few
    years and I've got it right now on Vista. I need someone who is sharp with
    Vista and computers to give me advice for handling this situation.
    Ken, Feb 28, 2009
  5. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Yes, I've thought about indexing, but it seems inactive when the svchost.exe
    is running at full capacity. That was one of the first things I thought of,
    too, because it seems logical. If it isn't, then what other programs could I
    have that could set it off? Would web browser use do this, do you think?
    There are multiple svchost.exe files running when they do this, often 3 or
    more running to 50megs to 80megs or more!!
    Ken, Feb 28, 2009
  6. Ken

    Ken Guest

    I use a Compaq tower, which is HP. It seems everything, the software, that
    came with it is HP!! Could that be it!!??!! How would I handle this? And
    thank you for telling me.
    Ken, Feb 28, 2009
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    Sam Hobbs Guest

    Instead of expecting each of us to search in the manner you already have
    (and should) you are more likely to get answers that are the result of that
    information too if you include some relevant links to the "many". My guess
    is that the other "many" either do have useful answers (that you just don't
    want to hear) or the people trying to help are not qualified to help with
    this. I challenge you to prove me wrong.
    Sam Hobbs, Feb 28, 2009
  8. Ken

    Ken Guest

    I think I answered this in the other group I posted this in. Thank you,
    anyway. You've been very helpful.
    Ken, Feb 28, 2009
  9. Ken

    Ken Guest

    What? Just google SVCHOST.exe, man. I'm not looking for a flame/troll war
    with you.

    It's a very prevalent and legit problem, and I've got it now. It's been
    around for years and was thought eradicated in 2007, apparently, but its
    back again.

    I tried the fix they suggested and some other things I found, but asking
    here, where there are some real experienced Windows users, in case you
    hadn't noticed, seemed like a logical and practical step. I was right,
    because I got a few really good solutions from the posters here.
    Ken, Mar 2, 2009
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    Sam Hobbs Guest

    I am certainly not trying to cause problems either.

    I am saying that you could do something easy and convenient for you that
    would help others help you. If it is easy for many of the people trying to
    help to do, then it is easy for you too. If you sincerely want the best help
    possible, then providing links as I suggest is something you would want to

    I have seen many messages from people asking for assistance; more than
    10,000. I know that the quality of the question can directly influence the
    quality and relevance of the answers.
    Sam Hobbs, Mar 4, 2009
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