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03-16-2005, 10:17 PM
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svchost

How many should u have?

On my task manager, i see about 7 of them. 4 of them are System (Username) and 2 are Network Service and 1 is Local Service.

Each one takes a bit of the memory usage up and i always wondered what the hell these things do, i figure i should only have three, 1 System, 1 Network Service and 1 Local Service.

I'm not that computer savvy so i have no idea what the svchost.exe does and if i try to close it, well my computer shuts down so obviously its something crucial.

A little help please?!?!

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03-16-2005, 10:28 PM
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it's a windows thing for running applications. Basically the processor can't do two things at once. But it can do like two things very quickly in sucession, so that's where a programming thing called multi-threading comes into play and different processes and services. SVCHost makes sure everything plays nice and gets appropriate processor time.
no worries.


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yah, nothing to worry about. it handles executable DLL's

http://www.liutilities.com/products/...brary/svchost/

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What they said, though I'll add that this really should be in the Geek\Technical forum

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if you see svchost in capital letters that can be bad though mmk.. as long as they are lower case and not eating up resources its all good.. 7 is fine.

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Processes can be named svchost without being a real one though. 7 is not unreasonable. I have 6. I think that they should all be being run by the system, not any individual user. Could be wrong on that one though.

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it's perfectly find to have them run by Local Service or Network Service

there are some worms that pose as the svchost.exe, but a normal up to date virus scanner should take care of that.

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Oh ok, thanks alot, i always wondered what those did and how come i had soo many, you guys all answered it for me and i appreciate that.

Thanks again.

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