How to remove the svchost.exe trojan

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How to remove the svchost.exe trojan
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Svchost.exe is a legitimate process related to execution of DLL files in Windows. The legit svchost.exe file is located in the "System32" folder on your Windows computer. However, many Trojans disguise themselves by taking the svchost.exe name and hiding in various folders. If a svchost.exe file is located anywhere else but the "System32" folder, it means you are infected with a Trojan. These Trojans can grant remote access to your computer to hackers, download and run more viruses and malware, and completely disable your PC. Fortunately, there are automated tools capable of removing the Svchost.exe Trojan.

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  1. 1

    Download and install PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus. This program is used to remove the majority of viruses and other computer threats. However, it has also shown to be effective in removing all possible instances of the Svchost.exe Trojan. Simply run the application and the Trojan will be detected and removed automatically.

  2. 2

    Download and run the True Sword virus removal application by Security Stronghold that targets privacy-threatening infections such as keyloggers, spyware, adware and, of course, the Trojans hiding under svchost.exe. The tool finds all instances of the svchost Trojan automatically and updates itself regularly to make sure the newest infections can be found as well.

  3. 3

    Download and install the Exterminate It application, which targets worms, rootkits and Trojans, including the svchost infections. The program does not take much space on your disk drive but is effective in detecting hard-to-find infections.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not attempt to delete or shut down svchost.exe. Windows will not work without it.

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