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Posted on 08-04-07 02:17
i got six SVCHOST.EXE running and of course if i close any of them itll turn off my computer. is this normal or not? can it be some sort of virus or spyware?


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Posted on 08-04-07 02:27
idk why, but microsoft has 5-8 of them running at any time. there are viruses that disguise themselves as it, but thats also the first place virus scans look.


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Posted on 08-04-07 02:43
thanks.


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Posted on 08-04-07 05:19
Yeah, svchost has multiple instances running because each svchost instance controls any number of processes. You'll know if you're the victim of a virus posing as "svchost" in two ways:

1) The "svchost" spikes your CPU usage to 100%.

2) The "svchost" is actually spelled "scvhost" (another virus instance).

In general, you should never end an svchost process, unless it is one of those that has spiked your CPU usage.