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Windows 7: svchost.exe uses all of my memory at startup

09 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise

try this
disable your network card, pull out the net cable and restart pc

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09 Aug 2010   #12


Also, try opening MSconfig and uncheck everything in the startup tab. Then restart. If that eliminates the problem, start checking items 1 at a time and restarting each time until it recurrs. When the problem reappears, you have your culprit. If disabling all visible startup options has no effect, then start looking for malware/adware/spyware. You can also right click on the offending instance of svchost.exe and go to the list of services hosted by the process.. one of them is causing the problem, but if it's malware, it might not be visible
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09 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate

Is your computer running slow or does it have a rapid increase in CPU temperature?
The svchost.exe software may act weird, displaying high CPU usage when the computer is simply idling.
Other times it's a virus impersonating the svchost.exe, but since your scans have shown otherwise, it is normal.
Your second image shows CPU Usage at 1.54% while Physical Usage is 28.54%.
This is quite normal for the computer.
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19 Aug 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate

I've just been working on my managers computer, as he was experiencing the same issue.
I used Process Explorer to identify what the svchost.exe was responsible for.
On inspection it was running the services nsi and netprofm.
I went to the services, and noted that the 'nsi' service was being depended on by too many things to make it feasable to disable it, even for a test.
The service netprofm was on being depended on by one thing, ( which i've forgotten currently ) but I decided to disable that service and see what the effects were.
This fixed the memory max out issue, and after 4 hours my manager has yet to experience any ill effects from this action.

It may be that this service is important for your daily operations, so it may not be practical for you to test this.

I hope that was helpful.
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