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Six instances of svchost.exe?

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posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 10:23 AM
I consider myself to be reasonably knowledgeable when it comes to computers, but I have no idea why that would be running 6 times. I mean, 3 instances are SYSTEM, 2 NETWORK SERVICE and 1 LOCAL SERVICE. Why? Why does it do that?

Granted they aren't using much memory but still, why does it do that?

posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 10:48 AM
Mine has 6 as well. 4 system, 1 local, and 1 network.

You can open a dos prompt and use "tasklist /svc" to see what executables are being used by the various instances.

This may help to gain a better understanding of just what svchost is and what it does:
What is svchost.exe And Why Is It Running?

Hope this helps...

posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 11:30 AM
reply to post by 12m8keall2c

Yes, it does help as it links to process explorer, which I've seen a friend use and think "that's a good task manager".

Also it explains the multiple instances too, which is even better, though why they couldn't call them differently depending on the type I don't know.


posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 02:15 PM
reply to post by 12m8keall2c

I had 12! Dang Vista... Thanks for the link, BIG HELP!

posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 02:49 AM
these are required processes, unless it says svchosts.exe with an s at the end, dont mess with them.

posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 03:29 AM

Originally posted by Cheyracingchick
I had 12! Dang Vista

One more note that history does repeat itself:

Win98 to WinME was a downgrading upgrade

WinXP to WinVista is a downgrading upgrade

posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 03:33 AM
too true, vista is the worst thing to happen to operating systems. I'm currently on a....errrrmmm..... 'modded' version of xp. once xp is no longer supported i will be learning linux.

posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 03:52 AM
reply to post by Cheyracingchick

Can you post a screen shot of what you're seeing?

I don't have any instances of svchost.exe showing in TM, running Vista.

posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 03:54 AM
firefox taking up 136k proccesses!? thats absurd, mine only gets to be that much with bout 5 tabs open and browser dling

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