Svchost.exe is one of the core Windows processes. It’s responsible for managing DLLs (dynamic link libraries) and Windows services. Svchost.exe errors start occurring when a service encounter a glitch. The most common symptoms of svchost.exe errors are 100% CPU usage or excessive RAM usage by svchost.exe. This makes computers extremely slow and can result in Windows crashes. Luckily, it’s possible to fix svchost.exe errors in a quick and easy way.
1. Make sure your PC is not infected
First of all, you need to find out whether the svchost.exe process is run by Windows or by malware. To do that, you’ll need to check its path. If the file is located C:\Windows\System32 folder, then it’s run by Windows. However, if you find it in any other folder, like Program Files, kill the process in the Task Manager and uninstall the software that runs it – it contains malware that can harm your computer.
2. Fix registry errors
The next step is to scan your computer with good quality registry repair software, such as RegAce, to eliminate registry errors. Registry errors are one of the most common causes of svchost.exe 100% CPU usage. As you install and uninstall software, the registry can get corrupted and important entries can become “broken”. A corrupted registry entry can interfere with svchost.exe tasks and cause annoying errors. Running registry repair will fix broken registry entries and thus solve svchost.exe problems.
3. Identify the source of the error
If registry cleanup doesn’t help, then you’ll need to fix the svchost.exe error manually. The first thing you need to do is open the Task Manager (press Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and go to the Processes tab. Click on the Name column heading to sort all running processes by name. Locate the svchost.exe process. There might be more than one svchost.exe instance running on your computer. If that’s the case, download Process Explorer (free), save it to your desktop and launch it. Locate the svchost.exe instance that is causing the error and hover your mouse over the process name. The program will show which Windows services and applications are running that particular svchost.exe instance.
Once you’ve identified the error source, you can proceed with fixing it. The first thing to do is try to update the application that is responsible for running the svchost.exe process. Chances are that a bug fix has been released to deal with this issue.
If the svchost.exe process is run by a non-essential Windows service, you can safely disable the service and thus fix the error. Click here to see the list of Windows services and find out which of them are safe to disable. To manage Windows services, click on Start – Run and type services.msc. This will allow you to modify services startup type and change it as you see fit.