How to get rid of the svchst VirusSometimes the svchst file may cloak a virus, for example Microsoft found Worm:Win32/Secrar.A, as well as Kaspersky found Worm.Win32.Zwr.h or, as the case may be, Trojan.Win32.Pincav.bqmkj. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with svchst.exe
The svchst.exe process is also known as Windows Spyware Service and is a part of wspy.exe. This software is produced by http://www.microsoft.com. An obsolete or defective version of svchst.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Windows Spyware service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Windows Spyware service has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- svchst.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module svchst.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about svchst.exe Windows Spyware service
svchst.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Svchst.exe is found in the C:\Windows directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 176,640 bytes (66% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 195,584 bytes.
This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The svchst file is not part of the Windows operating system. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. It has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. The svchst process has concealed itself from Windows Task Manager. Svchst.exe is capable of transmit information from computer to the Internet. For this reason, 90% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A svchst.exe file has a 66% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 464,384 bytes. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This svchst program is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. svchst.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.
Attention: If you find svchst.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about svchst?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
Summary: However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall wspy.exe
To remove Windows Spyware service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate wspy.exe in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if svchst.exe (Windows Spyware service) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Windows Spyware service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Windows Spyware service or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or svchst.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.