The SVCHOST.EXE is one of those Windows most essential process that constantly runs in your computer background. But sometimes this process eats up 100% of your CPU which slows your system and sometimes your computer even freezes. We will talk about the fix here but before that, let’s know how does this process can be problematic for your system.


SVCHOST.EXE stands for Service Host, and it hosts the service process. A Windows service is a simple program that does a particular job and constantly runs in your background even when you are not using your computer. So, please move on to the solution process to know which service of the SVCHOST.EXE is causing the high CPU usage error.

Check for viruses- SVCHOST.EXE 100% CPU Usage

This Svchost.exe can be a virus that is harming your PC. Since it is a system process, a virus can replace the actual service file in your system distinguishes it in the service hostname. But if you find the file stored in Windows/system3, then it can’t be a virus. However, you always need to conduct a full scan to be assured.


Find the Svchost.exe Process through Command Prompt

  • First press the Start button+Run and type CMD and Click Ok
  •  Then in the command window, type or paste tasklist /svc /fi “image name eq svchost.exe and hit Enter


  • You will see each Svchost process and their unique ID number to know more about these services, we can use the Services browser in Windows
  • Do a right-click on My Computer to select Manage
  • From the next screen, choose Computer Management and from the options choose Services and Applications, here select Services
  • Here you can find the services name and their short forms. Thereby you will understand that the Svchost.exe  actually stands for Super Host.

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Windows 8 task manager- Svchost.exe

  1. Open the Task Manager of your Windows 8 computer by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC
  2. Scroll down to the Processes tab and open Windows Processes

Here you can find every svchost.exe process listed as Service Host and the type of account it is currently running under. It will have a number next to it and if you click the arrow, you will see every service running under that particular process

Now, please follow the next section to how you can fix the High CPU Usage problem.

Svchost.exe high disk usage

How to fix the SVCHOST high CPU usage issue?

We can uninstall the program to kill the process. Or to disable it, follow the mentioned-below steps:

  1. right -click on the service from the Services tab and select Properties
  2. Next, choose Disable from the Startup type option in the middle of the dialogue box
  3. Now restart your computer.

Sometimes the process can be the Windows firewall, in this case, you don’t have to worry. You can always enable it. Go to Microsoft’s websites to manually update Windows firewall feature. Most of the time this problem occurs when there is something to do with the windows process. If you try these steps, hopefully, it will help.

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