How to Fix SVCHOST.Exe Errors

SVCHOST problems are almost always caused by Microsoft applications unable to communicate with the Windows operating system. The solution is to get all system driver and component driver updates for your Computer.
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SVCHOST– or Service Host – files are Microsoft applications that run services in your Windows operating system and facilitate other programs that are not programmed to execute themselves. Since the files are integral parts of the operating system software, a failure in one file can damage the functionality of your entire system.

SVCHOST errors often appear as SVCHOST.exe errors, which can indicate a few different issues. For one, if you are suddenly getting this code, your computer might have become infected with a virus or malware. However, SVCHOST.exe itself is not a virus – and it is an integral part of your Windows operating system, so don’t remove it.

Since it is normal for several SVCHOST.exe programs to appear in the Task Manager at any time – depending on the number of DLL files you are running that need SVCHOST support – this format is a favorite among hackers and malware writers who hope that the program will go unnoticed in your system. It is important to update your security software definitions and then run complete scans to eliminate any problems.

Once you are sure that a virus isn’t responsible for the error, you should make sure that your Windows operating system software is up to date with the latest releases. Using Windows Updates you can download and install the latest issues from Microsoft to sync your system with the latest releases and to get any recent patches released to deal with vulnerabilities in the software.

A common SVCHOST error occurs when any one process is using 99 or 100 percent of your computer’s CPU. A lot of the time this message is related to massive operations by Microsoft Updates. You have the option of turning this service off and using Windows Updates instead, or making manual selections for your updates, but they are important and shouldn’t be overlooked.

There is also a hotfix available from Microsoft, but many users report that it doesn’t resolve the issue. To make the change:

  • Click the Start button, then All Programs
  • Choose Windows Update
  • This will open a Microsoft Windows Update dialog window – choose Change Settings
  • Remove the check to disable the Microsoft Update option – regardless of the warnings
  • Complete the uninstall process, then use Windows Updates to keep your computer current and secure

SVCHOST errors are tough to solve in that it’s hard for average computer users to distinguish between legitimate Windows SVCHOST processes and malware pretending to be a SVCHOST file. To make it even more confusing, many instances of SVCHOST.exe can be running at once in Task Manager. If you see one that is using an excessive amount of system resources, trying to figure out which actual program is responsible is a difficult task, often involving trial and error. Keeping your system protected, maintained, and patched with the latest updates are three preventative steps that you can take to avoid SVCHOST errors.





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