svchost is the windows generic process and cant be killed.still it is the best source for spyware and virus attacks.make sure your box is properly patched.
u can see the svchost process by this command.
check any junk path is there.
try to disable some unnecessary services.
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Hi friends here at cnet,
About a month ago, I upgraded my desktop computer's operating system from Millenium Edition to XP home edition (with Service Pack 2). It has been running very slow and sluggish. I have some instruction books on XP where I could probably figure out the problems, once I settle down to reading them. Until then, I would like to make a quick investigation to see if there are any unneccessary programs running in the background.
I would like to ask if anybody here with knowledge of XP system programs and program abbreviations, about the identity of applications that I found running in the Windows Task Manager. The program that I have noticed is taking up the most system resources is "svchost.exe"
It is listed several times in task manager, sometimes showing several thousand Ks. could you tell me what that one is? And here is a list of most of the others showing on Task Manager: (any of these possibly malicious programs?)
Windows Task Manager - Processess
The programs currently installed on my computer (that I see in the
Programs folder) are:
AT&T ISP, CheckIt firewall, ActiveSync, FreshDownload, Grisoft/AVG antivirus, Internet Explorer, Adaware, Memorex CD labelmaker, MS Messenger, Microsoft Frontpage, Movie Maker, Firefox Mozilla, Nero, NetMeeting, Outlook Express, Roxio Photosuite, Windows MediaPlayer, Windows Update (I believe is shut off), and somehow a Yahoo program got installed on my computer (a toolbar or other).
Thanx in advance.