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File: svchost.vbs

Location of svchost.vbs and Associated Malware

Check whether svchost.vbs is present in the following locations:

svchost.vbs file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\usersettings\svchost.vbs

Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 specific svchost.vbs file locations:

  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Local Settings\Temp\svchost.vbs
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\svchost.vbs
  • C:\Documents And Settings\USER_NAME\svchost.vbs

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 specific svchost.vbs file locations:

  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Temp\svchost.vbs
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\svchost.vbs
  • C:\Users\USER_NAME\svchost.vbs

If you find svchost.vbs file in any of these locations, your computer is very likely to be infected with the following malware:

IMPORTANT: Malware files can be camouflaged with the same file names as legitimate files. The svchost.vbs file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of svchost.vbs File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
3322EC73AB2780EF78FB7CC05AAF6ED69CBJul 24, 2013
12054A680BFDC47699B3DD1D787DB093090Jul 22, 2015
176400C7C11F3CE7DCFE35115F3B49AD4AF24Jun 27, 2014
1614506811183838116E3068ECF3C3D40EE17E3Mar 29, 2016
14882EB3B40195722227396B40083941A7CJun 11, 2016
179593149944F8D053BA71D5DBBDB8551E42A8Sep 11, 2016
723163AE8DA3AB0D5F1A7D3CF7FCAF74883CFSep 29, 2016
1298B9D2D03DBDED370D1C6212AD9A630F4Dec 9, 2016
1384B1C763912245A227FE6D2130F652C6AJan 27, 2017
1113D88A4DF51FF62BB4E0BFA22658AA652Jan 28, 2017
685254C17BC566E44E2AC1DC2081D443C6953Feb 20, 2017
300A2B9A415AAE221B2063A40E2DA299BEBFeb 25, 2017
112BBEDEA528B6422273B1CFEAB7F194D12Feb 26, 2017
11591B6CA90A24DBFD23E1017B55C843E98Apr 5, 2017
1248084881CC4B364574169888E746094E1Jun 11, 2017
12904084904F21717A5BE0488A0EB844402B3Jun 14, 2017
1426891B666ECF05B760574A1AB6D9D469222Jul 2, 2018
114D0FC07FE11193CBDE761FC8F73CD9B16Feb 14, 2019

Why Is It Important to Remove Malware Files?^

It is imperative that you delete malware-associated files as soon as possible because they can be used - or are already being used - to inflict serious damage on your PC, including:

  • Disrupting the normal functioning of the operating system or rendering it completely useless.
  • Hijacking valuable private information (credit card numbers, passwords, PIN codes, etc.)
  • Directing all your Web searches to the same unwanted or malicious sites.
  • Dramatically slowing down your computer.
  • Gaining total control of your PC to spread viruses and trojans and send out spam.

How to Remove svchost.vbs^

  1. To enable deleting the svchost.vbs file, terminate the associated process in the Task Manager as follows:
    • Right-click in the Windows taskbar (a bar that appears along the bottom of the Windows screen) and select Task Manager on the menu.
    • In the Tasks Manager window, click the Processes tab.
    • On the Processes tab, select svchost.vbs and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of svchost.vbs and Associated Malware.
  3. Select the file and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each location listed in Location of svchost.vbs and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of svchost.vbs will fail if it is locked; that is, it is in use by some application (Windows will display a corresponding message). For instructions on deleting locked files, see Deleting Locked Files.
    • The deletion of svchost.vbs will fail if your Windows uses the NT File System (NTFS) and you have no write rights for the file. Request your system administrator to grant you write rights for the file.

Deleting Locked Files^

You can delete locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.

After you delete a locked file, you need to delete all the references to the file in Windows registry.

To delete a locked file:

  1. Right-click on the file and select Send To -> Remove on Next Reboot on the menu.
  2. Restart your computer.

The file will be deleted on restart.

Note: In the case of complex viruses that can replicate themselves, malware files can reappear in the same locations even after you have deleted those files and restarted your computer. Exterminate It! Antimalware can effectively eradicate such viruses from your computer.

To remove all registry references to a svchost.vbs malware file:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and click OK. The Registry Editor window opens.
  3. On the Edit menu, select Find.
  4. In the Find dialog box, type svchost.vbs. The name of the first found registry value referencing svchost.vbs is highlighted in the right pane of the Registry Editor window.
  5. Right-click the registry value name and select Delete on the menu.
  6. Click Yes in the Confirm Value Delete dialog box.
  7. To delete all other references to svchost.vbs, repeat steps 4-6.
IMPORTANT: Malware files can masquerade as legitimate files by using the same file names. To avoid deleting a harmless file, ensure that the Value column for the registry value displays exactly one of the paths listed in Location of svchost.vbs and Associated Malware.