svchostz.exe by Leo A. Notenboom Svchostz.exe (not to be confused with svchost.exe) is an artifact of a virus and must be removed as soon as possible with your Anti-Virus software. What is svchostz.exe? This looks to be an artifact of a virus – Troj/Daemoni-E, according to the folks out at Sophos. Get and run an updated virus scan as soon as possible. Become a Patron of Ask Leo! and go ad-free! IMPORTANT: DO NOT CONFUSE THIS FILE WITH SVCHOST.EXE. Svchost.exe (without the z) is a required system file. If you have issues you think are related to svchost.exe, see the related articles. Subscribe to Confident Computing! Tech problem solving & safety tips & a weekly confidence boost in your inbox every week. I'll see you there! Slow Computer? Speed up with my special report: 10 Reasons Your Computer is Slow, now updated for Windows 10. NOW: name your own price! You decide how much to pay -- and yes, that means you can get this report completely free if you so choose. Get your copy now! Related Posts What is svchost, and why is there more than one copy running? - Svchost.exe, or just "svchost" is a Windows component. It's quite normal to have more than one copy running. Unfortunately, it's also the target of malware and often shows up in malware-related problems. Svchost and Svchost.exe – Crashs, CPU maximization, viruses, exploits and more. - Svchost (and Svchost.exe) is a required Windows component that often shows up in errors caused by viruses. Review Svchost, Svchost.exe, and how to stay safe. How Do I Fix this High CPU Usage Svchost Virus or Whatever It Is? - Many people are experiencing high CPU usage, often 100%, in svchost. Svchost is not a virus, but many people think it acts like one. Where is it alright for svchost.exe to be? - Svchost.exe is frequently spoofed by viruses attempting to hide. The official copy should be in your Windows\system32 folder, but there may be others.