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September 16, 2013 12:50:18 PM

I just recently found a virus on my computer called Pup.optional.babylontoolbar. After vigorously using many methods to remove it. My scanners finally came up empty. But now I'm having an issue with svchost.exe and I'm a bit worried I may still be infected.

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It's running at over 100k memory and sometimes using up my cpu in random intervals sometimes up to 25 usage. Is this normal?

I'd also like to add that with just chrome open I'm using 2.17 GB of memory. Not sure if this is a normal thing either. I have 8 GB of ram so I still have plenty of room but that seems high.

I'd also like to add the computer starts up fine and its usage is low but as soon as everything is finished it skyrockets into the 100 memory and above range from where it started at around 12k.

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September 16, 2013 1:58:31 PM

Could someone give me some advice on this? I'm really worried I still may have a virus lurking and I'm running paranoid scans with two scanners now. >.<

It's up to 225k now with nothing really going on..
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September 19, 2013 12:37:06 AM

Guess nobody knows what to do with this then. I've run scanners every night since this time to see if I can find a virus and nothing comes up.
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September 19, 2013 4:52:02 AM

It's probably normal. You can open a command promt and type:

tasklist /svc

and it should show all running services and and processes running inside each svchost.
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October 21, 2013 5:18:58 PM

aevic said:
Could someone give me some advice on this? I'm really worried I still may have a virus lurking and I'm running paranoid scans with two scanners now. >.<

It's up to 225k now with nothing really going on..


I have had the same problem with "Pupxx" ... Both Avast and Norton missed it but Malwarebytes (Anti-Malware) caught all of them on first run. Deleted them and am back to normal. Re your svchost.exe issues, if this ever happens again, just go to TaskManager and stop the program/process from running. This will do the trick. There is no risk svchost.exe is a Microsoft program that manages and installs automatic updates. I have disabled it and am now manually managing all systems updates. No more memory hogs.

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October 21, 2013 5:53:12 PM

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There is no risk svchost.exe is a Microsoft program that manages and installs automatic updates.

Absolutely there is a risk.

svchost.exe is much more than just automatic updates. It's a 'service host' that can host a multitude of system services (note that there are several instances running at all times). If you turn off the wrong one at the wrong time you could easily brick a system. You should probably spend more time learning how things work under the hood before dispensing potentially harmful information.

You might also want to look at the dates on threads. This one hadn't been visited in a month.
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December 11, 2013 8:26:25 AM

ex_bubblehead said:
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There is no risk svchost.exe is a Microsoft program that manages and installs automatic updates.

Absolutely there is a risk.

svchost.exe is much more than just automatic updates. It's a 'service host' that can host a multitude of system services (note that there are several instances running at all times). If you turn off the wrong one at the wrong time you could easily brick a system. You should probably spend more time learning how things work under the hood before dispensing potentially harmful information.

You might also want to look at the dates on threads. This one hadn't been visited in a month.


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December 11, 2013 8:29:32 AM

you may be right but I haven't had a problem at all since I shut off svchost.exe nearly 2 months ago ... but thanks for the feedback. In your experience, what is your solution when svchost.exe takes over your system with high memory usage?
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