task masker programs running

5 pts.
Tags:
Microsoft Windows XP
SVCHost.exe
Task Manager
Windows XP performance
should svchost.exe be running all the time?

Software/Hardware used:
windows xp

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Most likely yes. How many instances ? it depends.

It is a windows process that calls different DLLs to provide different services. However, it is a legitimate windows process only if it is running from C:\\Windows\\System32\\. Otherwise it is most likely a virus or some kind of malware.

Take a look at this:

<a href=”http://www.fileinspect.com/fileinfo/svchost-exe/”>svchost.exe. What is it?</a>

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