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Program info

Estimated safety rating


svchost.exe is a application which is most likely NOT a virus. So, if svchost.exe is on your computer, it is most likely ok, and will NOT be a cause for concern. Even if your system is clean, we still advise you to use a good antivirus with a good track record, in order to yourself yourself against threats.

Executable file path


Usually, the default filename and folder where the application is stored is

MD5 hash of the executable file


The MD5 checksum for this executable is 1bd6c2f707a275cb7c16fd99fe0f31ca.

Is running as a service


This program is a Windows service. This means it runs on your PC in background, usually without showing anything to you. Most Windows services are useful programs, which perform useful features to other applications or to Windows in general.

Accesses the internet


This application uses the Internet to communicate. Today this is ok. For example, most of the programs on your computer check for new updates. For this, Internet communications are required.

Belongs to the operating system


svchost.exe seems to use the functions of Windows SFC (System File Checker) or Windows File Protection.

Is a 32 bit executable file


This application runs in 32-bit mode. It can not use the entire power of nowadays' PC chips. This is quite normal because the authors did not bother to upgrade it to use the x64 instruction set.

File description

 Generic Host Process for Win32 Services

The description present in the file is Generic Host Process for Win32 Services.

File version

 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)

File version extracted from the file 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158).


 Microsoft Corporation

Publisher Microsoft Corporation.


 © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Legal copyright notice © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved..

Digitally signed


svchost.exe is digitally signed. Today most legit programs are digitally signed.

Valid digital signature


The digital signature extracted from svchost.exe verifies as ok. This is excellent.

Certifier name

 Microsoft Windows Publisher

Digitally signed by: Microsoft Windows Publisher

Issuer name

 Microsoft Windows Verification Intermediate PCA

Certificate's issuer name: Microsoft Windows Verification Intermediate PCA

Can be uninstalled


This application does NOT have a removal routine stored in registry.