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Windows 7: svchost.exe (netsvcs) is always downloading something

09 Aug 2009   #1
Julio Andretti

Windows 7 build 7100, XP SP3
svchost.exe (netsvcs) is always downloading something

im running build 7100 fresh install. help, i need to shut this thing down.

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09 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Open a command prompt and type;
tasklist /svc /fi "imagename eq svchost.exe"
From there you should be able to determine by the PID which service is the culprit.
Open up taskmgr and under the services tab, find the corresponding PID and shut her down.
Hope this helped
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10 Aug 2009   #3
Julio Andretti

Windows 7 build 7100, XP SP3

thanks, it's annoying no more
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10 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Julio Andretti
thanks, it's annoying no more
You're welcome Julio out of interest what was the service bothering you?
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05 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64

i have the same problem but there r so many services with the same pid.
can i shut them down one by one??
Julio which one was the bad service?

edit: found it. service name: BITS
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04 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
I have a similar issue.

After reading this thread I ended the svc.exe that was the one downloading something constantly. I had already identified it by matching it by the number of threads it was using because I never knew what the PIDs were before, so thank you for that information first off.

But my problem is that it started up running again with a different PID and is continuing to download at about 120kb/s which is the maximum speed of my internet.

This worries me because I don't feel that my computer should be downloading something like this without telling me, and it is using up all my available bandwidth so my whole internet usage is being slowed down.

Does anyone know what is going on here? Should I be worried? Or is Windows just doing a background update of some kind?
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05 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64

stop and deactivate the service called BITS not the .exe
(on my german windows the service is named: "Intelligenter Hintergrundübertragungsdienst"
so maybe then shown name is like: intelligent backroundtransferservice or so ^^ )

do u know where to find the services??
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05 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thank you for your quick response. I do not know how to find the service, I am not entirely sure as to what that means actually.
I'm no computer pro, I'm only 17, I just learn as I go, haha, and I've never had a problem like this before.
I've been reading some stuff though, and it seems to say that this "svchost.eve (netsvcs)" as it shows up in my resource manager is a virus, some kind of trojan or something.

Edit: I figured out what you meant by services, and I stopped the service, but I do not know how to deactivate it.
When I looked into it in more detail it seemed to say that it's a "Background Information Transfer System" and that it is used by Windows in updating, so is this really something I want to stop from running?
I'm very confused as to whether it is good or bad at this point..
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25 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Edition 64bit

I think I found an easy way to stop this from happening... I had the same problem, and was sure there wasn't a virus or malware problem in my computer.

Take a look to make sure that your computer isn't sharing it's internet connection. You can do this by going into network and sharing center, managing or changing your adapter settings, then click on your connection's properties. There will be a tab for Sharing in the properties, if the internet connection sharing is checked, uncheck it.

Basically ICS is for situations where your computer acts as a router for other computers on your network (i.e. your computer is connected directly to the modem for internet connection, and other computers connect to your computer in order to get to the internet conncection). Most home networks are set up so that a router will take care of all of this, so you don't need to have it checked.

When it is checked, it means that Windows is constantly looking to see if anyone wants to connect to the internet through that computer.

Hope this helps someone
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16 Jul 2011   #10
AndyH W7f

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I attempted to follow the instructions above to stop the offending service. tasklist produced a list of 12 entries, some with quite a few names associated with a give PID. There were no clue there, that I could recognize, about what might be causing the constant downloading activity.

Using Task Manager I located BITS in the list of services. “Access Denied” was the result when I attempted to stop it. I attempted to stop many of the services tasklist associated with svchost.exe. I attempted to stop other services whose descriptions seemed to suggest they are probably not critical. The system protected all.

Eventually I managed to stop one, name unfortunately forgotten in an immediate distraction. When I stopped it there was a message bubble from the notification area. I think it said something like “Windows Security Center deactivated” but like those message always do, it immediately evaporated without a trace.

The distraction was that I spent some time trying to find out what had just happened. This produced nothing; there isn’t a Windows Security Center in Win7 and nothing in the Activity Center revealed a deficiency I could recognize.

Anyway, back at the Task Manager services list, I tried a few more stops, again being rebuffed with “Access Denied” every time. Eventually I tried BITS again and this time it did stop. The download traffic immediately stopped. I was able to use the internet connection for myself.

By and by I rebooted the machine. Everything was then back to as before (with the possible exception of whatever it was that produced that brief message in the notification area). Downloading, of who knows what, was constant as long as the modem was connected to the internet. There were 12 PIDs listed for svchost.exe. 14 other services had the same PID as BITS. None could be stopped.

Is there some other way, some effective way to make services stop? Either BITS was responsible or some coincidence occurred, but managing to stop it that one time had no lasting effect. Probably something else is controlling it. that is what needs to be discovered and remedied, but how can that be done?
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