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Is svchost is a malware?

  1. #1


    Posts : 47
    Windows 8.1

    Is svchost is a malware?


    The free version of AVAST identified svchost.exe in C:\Windows\System32 as a malware, but some articles on internet state it is not a malware.

    Is svchost.exe in that location really a malware?

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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    It may be a false positive on the part of Avast, this will tell you if it is good or not::
    How to Tell if Svchost Is Real or a Trojan | eHow
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  3. #3


    It can be a virus. Svchost is a legitimate MS file, unless it is an imposter. If it was flagged as malware, there is a possibility that it is either that or a false positive. What kind of malware did it state it was? The page link below contains a list of malware that impersonates svchost.

    svchost.exe - What is svchost.exe?

    First, I would suggest submitting the file to VirusTotal to see what it makes of it.

    https://www.virustotal.com/

    Also would suggest you run a scan with Malwarebytes. The free version will do fine. Just uncheck the "start free trial" at the end of the installation. Do a full system scan & quarantine anything it finds.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1


    The malware warming is a false positive on the part of AVAST, it pops up about 1 minute after the desktop is turned on.

    This morning I ran a Malwarebyte and an AVAST full scan of the system, no infection or malware was detected.
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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Good to hear your OK!
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