svchost.exe error: svchost.exe has generated an error – now what do I do?
One of the most common search terms that leads people to
Ask Leo! lately is “svchost” or
“svchost.exe”. Besides wondering what svchost is, which I discuss in
this prior article, many people are
experiencing a svchost crash.
Folks, you probably have a virus.
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The svchost.exe error can result when your machine is infected with
any of a number of viruses and worms. A quick search at the
Symantec security reference site turned up
no less than 53 references with some of the current top threats
showing svchost symptoms.
So step one should be to make absolutely positive that you are
running an anti-virus checking program and that the virus information
it has is up to date. Depending on the specific virus you have there
may be a removal tool available separately that will fix this one
problem and allow you to continue with your upgrade (specifically, the
blaster virus seems to be quite prevalent, and Symantec has a removal
tool for it here).
Step one-and-a-half (it’s actually equally important as step one) is
to make sure your operating system has all of the latest patches
applied from Windows Update. These viruses
exploit vulnerabilities in the operating system that were patched
months ago, so if you got infected then you’re not up-to-date.
And finally, for a somewhat long, occasionally technical but very
informative thread on this issue visit
this discussion out at Experts Exchange.