Removal Tools for the Svchost.EXE Virus

By Thomas King

Svchost.exe is a system process created by Microsoft Windows that manages programs that use Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files, including Windows Automatic Updates and Windows Firewall. The Svchost.exe virus exploits this process. The Svchost.exe virus slows your computer and may track your Internet searches and flood your computer with targeted pop-up advertisements. Generally, the Svchost.exe virus is accompanied by several other viruses, including Litmus, KidWatcher, and the Buddy Pro Keylogger. Fortunately, there are several free tools available to remove the Svchost.exe virus.

Windows Defender

Click on "Start" and "All Programs" and "Windows Defender." Windows Defender opens. Click on the "Arrow" next to Scan and then select "Full Scan." Windows Defender will scan your computer and remove all traces of svchost.exe. Note that Windows Defender is a free program created by Microsoft and preinstalled on the Windows Vista and Windows Seven operating systems.

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

Go to the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool homepage. Click on "Download" and then "Run." The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool will remove all traces of the svchost.exe virus. Note that Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is similar to Windows Defender and a good option for those who have a version of Windows earlier than Windows Vista.

Manual Removal

Click on the "Start" menu and type "cmd" (without the quotation marks) into the Search Programs and Files box and press "Enter." The Command Prompt opens. Type "del svchost.exe" (without the quotation marks) into the Command Prompt and press "Enter." This will remove the malicious svchost.exe file and may stop the svchost.exe virus. However, the svchost.exe virus is usually accompanied by one or more viruses, including 2020Search, Employee Watcher, and WinDir.svchost. Thus, in addition to manually deleting the file, you should still consider running the aforementioned tools.