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Old 27th February, 2003, 08:26 AM
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why??

Why would my computer have 3 separate instances of svchost.exe running?
And is it safe to turn 2 of them off??
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Old 27th February, 2003, 02:18 PM
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I dug this up

The Svchost.exe file is located in the %SystemRoot%\System32 folder. At startup, Svchost.exe checks the services portion of the registry to construct a list of services that it needs to load. Multiple instances of Svchost.exe can run at the same time. Each Svchost.exe session can contain a grouping of services, so that separate services can run, depending on how and where Svchost.exe is started. This allows for better control and easier debugging.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Cu rrentVersion\Svchost
Each value under this key represents a separate Svchost group and is displayed as a separate instance when you are viewing active processes. Each value is a REG_MULTI_SZ value and contains the services that run under that Svchost group. Each Svchost group can contain one or more service names that are extracted from the following registry key, whose Parameters key contains a ServiceDLL value

I dont know if it matters if you have several running, probably not.

try disabling them and see if your conputer goes wrong.
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Old 27th February, 2003, 02:21 PM
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It might be a virus...

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Old 27th February, 2003, 04:52 PM
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Multiple occurrences of "svchost.exe" running in Windows 2000 or Windows XP can be normal depending of what services you have running.
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Old 27th February, 2003, 05:45 PM
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Think Holst has a point there, a search on symantec.com brought up several virus' that infect that file, it would be wise to do a scan.
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Old 27th February, 2003, 06:10 PM
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I've scanned for viruses (I scan everyday)...nada...BUT, my computer has been acting funny lately, IE randomly closes itself, sygate wouldn't work all of a sudden....I've scanned with 2 different AV programs and they both turned up nothing.

While I was away last week, my kids were using my computer...they're pretty savvy when it comes to proper use of a computer....their friends however, are not....I suspect something they did is causing my problems.....(one of them has been known to just delete files/folders he thinks shouldn't be there, like ya know .dll files and .ini files or apparently empty folders) =|
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Old 27th February, 2003, 07:18 PM
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I have four svchost's running. They seem to be legit.

Heard the latest gossip about the snoopiness of Big Brother MS? As we know, "no information about your PC is sent to MS" during OS updates. Which obviously has to be untrue. Seems that updating WinXP lets my good friend The Bill catalog every piece of third party software you have on yer box. Yay! Go BBBBB!
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