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svchost.exe -memory- problem

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Mister Prof, Oct 1, 2008.

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  1. Mister Prof

    Mister Prof Thread Starter

    Oct 1, 2008
    Ok, I searched for svchost.exe on the forums and found a lot of stuff on various svchost.exe problems, but none are even close to representing mine.

    I took a screen shot of my Task Manager process list. As you'll see, there are -many- svchosts. I know its normal to have quite a few, but not when the main one is using 94,000k memory. I can still run applications and internet browsers, because I have lots of memory (2 gigs), but having this happen with one or two other applications that actually should be using that amount of memory lags me waaay up. Also, to tack onto this... I don't think McAfee should be using that much memory.

    Usually svchost.exe runs at about 10-30k around start up. However, a couple hours later it will be in the 90k.

    Mcafee runs at about 30k on start up... but its using over 100k at the moment in this snap shot. (No, it wasn't scanning or doing anything at all.)

    Now, normally people's cpu usage is affected... however I have a good processor so I can take a lot of usage... but in this case these programs don't even take my processing power... they just take tons of memory.

    Here is the picture. I'm pretty sure this is malware or a virus... a lame one that justs makes my standard programs use a lot of memory and doesn't do any serious harm. It's still extremely annoying though, and any help would be greatly appreciated. Or even just a first step... as I've scanned my computer with McAfee (by the way, its the full suite version with all the snazzy quirks and perks which runs about $120)... and nothing has shown up.

    Oh... I just noticed that explorer is wigging out too. ...... ....:confused:
  2. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

    Apr 16, 2002
    Hi, Welcome to TSG!!

    Nothing jumps out at me in the log, although the text is rather small for me.

    Click here to download HJTInstall.exe
    • Save HJTInstall.exe to your desktop.
    • Doubleclick on the HJTInstall.exe icon on your desktop.
    • By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis .
    • Click on Install.
    • It will create a HijackThis icon on the desktop.
    • Once installed, it will launch Hijackthis.
    • Click on the Do a system scan and save a logfile button. It will scan and the log should open in notepad.
    • Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
    • Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
    • DO NOT have Hijackthis fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
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