How do I resolve service issues?August 23, 2020 by Jimmie Bourn
Here are some easy ways to fix the svchost service problem.
The good news is that svchost.exe is not a virus or artificial intelligence invading your computer. The bad news is that it is mysterious and helps hide what it is. GroovyNews, with a little digging, we can find out a little more about what exactly svchost.exe does on your computer.
Start by opening Windows Task Manager through the CTRL + ALT + DEL menu or by pressing the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combination. In any case, after opening the Task Manager, svchost.exe will start several processes.
What Is Svchost.exe?
The Microsoft support site defines it as "the common hostname of the process for services launched from dynamic link libraries." Right. So it's pretty simple, anyone can figure it out. Okay, let's translate.
A dynamic link library, also known as a DLL file, is just one large block of code. There are many great things that developers can do with these files to speed up the process and use less disk space. The problem is that the DLL file cannot work on its own. You need an EXE or isoAn executable file for loading the DLL and its code.
Now that we know this is a DLL file, it should be easier to understand why svchost is called a "generic host". It only loads DLL files so that they can run and run system applications. So there is nothing to be afraid of? Well, it is possible that you are downloading a virus that can trick your innocent Svchost into downloading dark dlls. Keeping your computer updated with all Microsoft security updates and running an antivirus application should minimize this risk.
Ok, this is just a host for additional processing! Now I am even more curious and I want to know what exactly svchost.exe does. How can I check this? There are two easy ways to track down svchost.exe. The first is the command line.
The Command Line Tells You What Processes Are Running On Your Computer.
1. From the Start menu, select Run. In the run window, enter cmd and click OK.
2. In the command window, enter task list / svc and press enter. Now you can view all the listed dynamic libraries that will beSvchost.exe will run.
The problem with the command line is that it only spawns weirder processes that seem as mysterious as svchost itself. So, we need to download (click to download) a program from Microsoft called Process Explorer. Process Explorer is standalone and does not require installation. Just unzip the downloaded file and run it. Once launched, you can highlight individual processes and see what each process does. The same process works with Windows XP, Vista, and even Windows 7!
Okay, it's okay. Now we know what svchost.exe is and how to decrypt all the services it runs. After playing around with it, you will find that some of the svchosts don't run as many services as others. And wait, why are so many Svchosts running at the same time?
Each svchost starts services based on logical service groups. For example, one might start network services while the other handles device drivers. Running these services on separate hosts is a great feature, because in this case, if one of them goes down, your entire system will not shutdown onetimely.
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