What is Svchost.exe netsvcs High CPU Usage [Fixed]

Svchost.exe or Service Host is an inbuilt process which runs continuously and it is one of the most important process in Windows operating system.

If you would have opened up Task Manager on your Windows 10, 8 or 7 pc you might have noticed that there are so many Svchost.exe processes running on your pc.

Below mentioned image is the screenshot of several Svchost process running on my Windows 10 pc. You can see that these each of these processes are consuming different amounts of memory and CPU.

What is Svchost.exe High Cpu Usage

You might be thinking that you have never started these processes then how they get started and why they are running, why Svchost.exe CPU usage is high. You may also become suspicious whether it’s a virus or is it safe for your system.

 I will answer all such questions which arises in your mind, but before that let me tell you that this post is going to get updated in future based on latest technological updates. So don’t forget to subscribe to my email list and bookmark this post for future reference.

This post is a part of several Windows processes located in Task Manager such as csrss.exe, dwm.exe, taskhost.exe. If you are unaware of these processes then you can read all these posts to know more about it.

What is Svchost.exe and why are so many running?

Svchost.exe also called as Service host is a generic system process which helps to host several Windows services. These services are particular programs in a Windows operating system. It runs in the background when your pc is powered on. It uses dynamic link library (DLL) to serve its services.

Several windows services are implemented in the form of dynamic link library. They can’t run as a stand-alone .exe file. They are dependent on Svchost.exe to load their services. This is the main reason that you can see several processes of Service host running in the Task Manager.

Is Svchost.exe a Trojan, malware or a virus?

 Svchost.exe is an inbuilt windows process that comes with installation of Windows operating system. It hosts several windows services and it is safe for your system. It can be found in Task manager under Processes tab.

If you browse this path on your pc “C:\Windows\System32\Svchost.exe”, you will find the legit svchost file. But sometime it happens that with same name it can be found in other folder also and it can be considered a Trojan, malware or a virus.

What is Svchost.exe?

How to remove Svchost.exe Virus from your PC?

Svchost virus uses the same name of the original process to trick users and it is located in the temporary folder your system on the following path:-
“C:\Windows\Temp\svchost.exe”

It infects and damage the following subkey on your system:-
“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”

But we can fix this by following any of the steps mentioned below:-

1. Scan your PC with a good Anti-malware software

Sometimes Svchost.exe file gets infected due to a Virus or a Trojan attack. So in this case scanning your pc with a good antivirus or an anti-malware software helps. It will detect the corrupt Svchost file and automatically repair it or delete it if it’s a virus.

Don’t try to delete the Svchost.exe file unless you are a system administrator or have good knowledge about it. By mistake if you delete the legitimate Svchost file than you may have to face system failure issues. Let this to be handled by good antivirus software. It will do its best job to remove the virus and repair the corrupt file.

2. Fix corrupt registry with Safe Mode

You can fix the corrupt file by a simple reboot of your computer to Safe Mode. You should have admin privileges in order to play with the registry. So make sure that you have admin password before login.

Once you have logged into Safe Mode, remove svchost.exe virus files from the temporary folder by following this path:- “C:\Windows\Temp\svchost.exe”

Make sure that you are deleting the file from the Temp folder and not from the System32 folder. If you don’t see svchost.exe file in Temp folder, then there is nothing to worry, just leave it as it is.

But if you see Svchost.exe virus registry information, then remove it.

3. Fix corrupt registry of Svchost via System Restore Point

Svchost.exe corrupt registry files can be fixed through a System Restore.You can restore your PC to a back date when your system was okay. This in an inbuilt system tool which comes with installation of your operating system.

Svchost.exe High CPU Usage

You can open System Restore option on your system by simply pressing the Start button and type System Restore in the search bar.

Choose restore point date when your pc worked fine last time and start the Restore process. This will automatically fix the corrupt registry.

How to fix Svchost High CPU Usage?

To fix Svchost High CPU usage you have to first find out which service is consuming high cpu. You can easily find out with Process Explorer tool from Microsoft. 

See below screenshot of Process Explorer for my pc.

Svchost.exe Process with High CPU Usage

Once you have found out which Svchost service is consuming more CPU then you can easily fix it. Mostly Svchost process is a Windows process which is essential for smooth functioning of your system. But if you figured out that it is not a Windows process, then you can simply End it and uninstall the program from your pc to save CPU and memory.

Follow the steps mentioned below to end a Svchost service process:-

1. Right click on your Taskbar and select Start Task Manager.

2. In Processes tab check the box next to Show processes from all users.

3. Right click on Svchost.exe with highest usage and choose Go to Services (s).

4. In Services tab you will see several processes of Svchost.exe highlighted with their Name, PID, Description, Status and Group.

5. You have to find out which Svchost service is hogging CPU resources and stop that service. For example in the below image I have shown about how to stop wudfsvc service. Click on Services as shown below.

How to remove Svchost.exe Virus?

6. Locate and right click on Windows Driver Foundation as shown below.

How to stop Svchost.exe Services?

7. Click Properties of Windows Driver Foundation as shown above.

8. You can match the Service name shown in step 5 with step 8 as shown below to confirm that you are playing with the right services.

Svchost.exe High CPU Usage

9. Select Startup type as Disabled to stop the service completely. You can turn it on again by selecting Automatic.

10. Finally click Apply and OK and you have successfully stop the service.

So these were the methods by which you can fix Svchost.exe High CPU Usage, remove virus and fix registry errors. Do let me know through comments how this post has helped you.

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