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Windows 7: svchost virus

15 Jun 2010   #11

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

oops, my bad! But, yes, clean out C:\windows\temp folder. If it gives you a permissions warning, take ownership.

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15 Jun 2010   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Have deleted the C:\Windows\Temp file and I guess I'll have to wait and see if any further problems arise (as scans aren't showing anything).
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15 Jun 2010   #13

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Can you describe the annoying behaviour you mentioned in your first post? While svchost.exe is a valid windows generic host process, there is also a virus/worm that takes on that name. It is detected as W32/YahLover.Worm.gen by McAfee and Win32/Autorun.R.worm by NOD32. IDK what other AVs read it as.

The symptoms can be failure of the Task Manager and Registry editor to launch, or CMD restarting windows.
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15 Jun 2010   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

BitDefender would pop up a message saying Trojan.Generic.4129231 (I think that number is right) with the file being svchost.exe. It would usually appear when I click on the start button and when I tried to access Windows Live Messenger, but also popped up frequently while simply going about my day-to-day business.
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15 Jun 2010   #15

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Google didnt turn up anything for that particular number. But it could be a false positive. OTOH, it may not be. If you have Bitdefender still running, next time it throws up that message, try submitting it for analysis. That'll help establish what exactly it is.
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15 Jun 2010   #16

Windows Seven, Ubuntu

From what I understand the SVCHOST.EXE is a virus if it is capitalized.

svchost.exe Windows process - What is it?
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15 Jun 2010   #17
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

The "Application" svchost *random number*. tmp files are malware ...

Don't try to delete all, you could get a legit file!
Run Malwarebytes' Anti-malware as suggested above:

C:\Windows\System32\ svchost.exe is the legitimate location and is the Host Process for Services
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