What is svchost.exe? 5 ways to see if it’s safe.

What is svchost.exe?

svchost.exe is a shared service process that allows many Windows services to share a single process. Sharing a single process helps Windows to decrease its overall resource usage. By checking your Windows Task Manager you’ll notice that more than one Windows service can run under svchost.exe. To see the additional services running under svchost.exe go to the Windows Task Manager and click the arrow directly to the right of the svchost.exe (service host). The Windows Task Manager makes it easy to see what all is running under svchost.exe. Right click the Windows bottom task bar to select and open the Task Manager.

svchost.exe Microsoft Windows svchost.exe Properties

Publisher: Microsoft Windows

svchost.exe stands for shared service processes or service host.

What does svchost.exe do?

svchost.exe shares and organizes service processes within the Windows OS.

Is svchost.exe safe? 5 easy ways to see if svchost.exe is safe or malware.

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Why does svchost.exe access the network?

While investigating svchost.exe with the GlassWire network security monitor on our devices based in Austin, TX USA we found that svchost.exe connects to dm3p.wns.notify.windows.com.akadns.net, a server that appears to be controlled by Microsoft. svchost.exe also connected to many different local hosts on our network. We found that svchost.exe uses a medium amount of network activity in our testing. However, it’s possible for svchost.exe to use any amount of network activity because any shared process can run behind it. It also appears that svchost.exe could theoretically connect to any host or server since any process can run behind it. Therefore, it’s unlikely svchost.exe’s network activity will be limited to connections to Microsoft servers.

App All apps 400 KB/s svchost.exe dm3p.wns.notify.windows.com.akadns.net 24.3 KB 65.2 KB 26 Jul 27 Jul 28 Jul 29 Jul 30 Jul 31 Jul 1 Aug 24 Hours Week Month 3 Hours 5 Minutes All Apps Traffic Graph Usage Things Firewall Alerts GlassWire svchost.exe GlassWire Control S… Host Process for Wi… 642.9 KB 386.6 KB 129.4 KB 48.4 KB 90.1 KB 21 KB 727 B 30 KB Windows Explorer 31.3 KB 6.7 KB Background Task H… Spooler SubSystem… Device Association F… 24.7 KB 48.4 KB 6.4 KB 16.3 KB 12.2 KB 30 KB Download/Upload H… System 48.4 KB 16.3 KB 12.2 KB 30 KB

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