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Svchost process in task manager

Svchost.exe contains generic host processes.

If the svchost.exe is accidentally close or intentionally close, then the system might crash or shutdown.

There are times that svchost.exe does consume quite a lot of resources and eats up the memory on the system. Thus, it's quite tempting to close or kill the process.

To kill or close a process forcefully via command line can be done using taskkill command plus the process id.

Ex: Taskkill /pid 1234

How to know exactly which service or process the svchost is running?

To check the pid and the process that svchost is running, type:

tasklist /svc

Tasklist /svc command will display the image name, pid and the services.

Output example for tasklist /svc command:

svchost.exe                   1172 EventSystem, fdPHost, FontCache, netprofm,
                                   nsi, W32Time, WdiServiceHost
svchost.exe                   1200 Appinfo, BITS, Browser, CertPropSvc,
                                   EapHost, IKEEXT, iphlpsvc, LanmanServer,

So, basically the svchost is running multiple services and it being combined to a one single executable file.

Stopping or closing the svchost.exe will crash the system since the services running is used or important to the operating system.

Cheers..till next time!


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