svchost

Hey, anyone else having a problem w/ svchost on their computer taking up a ton of memory and almost 100% of their processor power?

My comp.

Inel 2.26
Gigabyte GA-8IEX
512 Mb Mushkin Memory
Radeon 8500 128 Mb
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  1. <A HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;LN;Q314056" target="_new">A Description of Svchost.exe in Windows XP</A>

    <A HREF="http://www.igknighttec.com/Windows/WindowsXP/svchost_exe.php" target="_new">What is SVCHOST.EXE?</A>

    You might have a buggy third-party program or a hardware driver loading at startup that is running as a service, and it is listed under an instance of svchost. Svchost is is just a generic host for other processes that are loading from DLLs.

    Running the Tasklist /SVC command might help you sort out which file or program is using so much memory and/or processor time.

    The only process that should be using a large amount of processor time is the System Idle Process, but the memory demands for this process are supposed to be low, such as 20K.

    A typical example of a program that might cause a problem like this is a firewall, like the WinGate Internet Client. For hardware, a Visioneer USB Scanner. It could also be caused by spyware, or a trojan horse that has infected the system.

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  2. ok, I ran the command Tasklist /svc and found that the svchost that is taking up the cpu and memory on my computer is running the following programs:

    Audiosrv
    Browser
    Cryptsvc
    Dhcp
    lanmanserver
    lanmanworkstation
    messenger
    netman
    Nla
    Schedule
    Seclogon
    SENS
    TrkWks
    uploadmgr
    W32Time
    winmgmt
    WmdmPmSp
    Wuauserv
    WZCSVC

    Any thought as to which on of these is sucking up my system resources and what I can do about it? Thanks.

    JF
  3. On my system, the instance of scvhost that is running a similar set of Services has a PID of 604, and this is what is listed:

    AudioSrv - Windows Audio
    Dhcp - DHCP Client
    dmserver - Logical Disk Manager
    EventSystem - COM+ Event System
    helpsvc - Help and Support
    lanmanserver - Server
    lanmanworkstation - Workstation
    Netman - Network Connections
    Nla - Network Location Awareness (NLA)
    RasAuto
    RasMan
    SENS - System Event Notification
    ShellHWDetection - Shell Hardware Detection
    srservice - System Restore Service
    TapiSrv - Telephony
    Themes - Themes
    uploadmgr - Upload Manager
    winmgmt - Windows Management Instrumentation

    This totals up to 12,960K, with 00 CPU usage.

    I have three other instances of svchost. They each run one program, respectively: RpcSs (Remote Procedure Call), Dnscache (DNS Client), WebClient (Enables Windows-based programs to create, access, and modify Internet-based files). Combined, these add up to 9,844K, with no CPU usage.

    RasAuto and RasMan are for my Remote Administration program, which is running as a Service due to personal preference, which is why you don't have these listed.

    The basic differences between your system and mine are:

    Browser - Computer Browser
    Cryptsvc - Cryptographic Services
    messenger - Messenger
    Schedule - Task Scheduler
    Seclogon - Secondary Logon
    TrkWks - Distributed Link Tracking Client
    W32Time - Windows Time
    WmdmPmSp - Portable Media Serial Number
    Wuauserv - Automatic Updates
    WZCSVC - Wireless Zero Configuration

    I don't see anything in your list that is a third-party service, or based on a DLL. But you do seem to have several unnecessary Services running that can eat up a great deal of memory. And one of them is taking up too much of your processor time.

    Because of this, I suggest you edit the Administrative Services List. You'll find some excellent information on editing specific Services on each of these three websites:

    <A HREF="http://dave-partridge.com/services.shtml" target="_new">Windows XP Mania - Services</A>

    <A HREF="http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm" target="_new">BlkViper.com - WinXP Services</A>

    <A HREF="http://snakefoot.fateback.com/tweak/winnt/services.html" target="_new">WinNT, Win2k, WinXP services</A>

    I hope this helps!

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