xvchost.exe



JAW
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
Whenever I log on to Windows XP Home (Svc pack 2) xvchost.exe is opened twice
with a security warning asking me if I'd like run or cancel it. What is this
and what should I do???

Thanks
JW

Ron Martell
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
JAW <JAW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>Whenever I log on to Windows XP Home (Svc pack 2) xvchost.exe is opened twice
>with a security warning asking me if I'd like run or cancel it. What is this
>and what should I do???
>
>Thanks
>JW

There is no Windows component named xvchost.exe and a Google search
fails to find a single reference to any legitimate file with that
name.

However svchost.exe (note the spelling difference) is not only
legitimate it is an essential Windows component and there can be as
many as 6 instances of this program running on your computer at any
given time.

But if the name xvchost.exe is what you are finding then you need to
locate that file and rename or delete it so as to prevent whatever
nastiness it may be trying to do.

Good luck


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

In memory of a dear friend Alex Nichol MVP
http://aumha.org/alex.htm

JAW
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
"Ron Martell" wrote:

> JAW <JAW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>
> >Whenever I log on to Windows XP Home (Svc pack 2) xvchost.exe is opened twice
> >with a security warning asking me if I'd like run or cancel it. What is this
> >and what should I do???
> >
> >Thanks
> >JW
>
> There is no Windows component named xvchost.exe and a Google search
> fails to find a single reference to any legitimate file with that
> name.
>
> However svchost.exe (note the spelling difference) is not only
> legitimate it is an essential Windows component and there can be as
> many as 6 instances of this program running on your computer at any
> given time.
>
> But if the name xvchost.exe is what you are finding then you need to
> locate that file and rename or delete it so as to prevent whatever
> nastiness it may be trying to do.
>
> Good luck
>
>
> Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
> --
> Microsoft MVP
> On-Line Help Computer Service
> http://onlinehelp.bc.ca
>
> In memory of a dear friend Alex Nichol MVP
> http://aumha.org/alex.htm
>



This didn't help. It was located in the C:\WINDOWS\PREFETCH :-\ It just
keeps coming up. I even unchecked it from the 'startup' tab under msconfig.
What is this thing??? >.< It's so annoying...

Ron Martell
07-10-2005, 02:21 AM
JAW <JAW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>This didn't help. It was located in the C:\WINDOWS\PREFETCH :-\ It just
>keeps coming up. I even unchecked it from the 'startup' tab under msconfig.
>What is this thing??? >.< It's so annoying...

That sounds very much like you have some sort of virus/trojan/spyware
infestation on your computer.

Make certain your antivirus software is completely up to date with the
virus definitions not more than a week old and do a complete virus
scan of your hard drive. Then get a "second opinion" by doing a free
online virus scan at one of the following sites:
http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/
http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan/

Next use MVP Jim Eshelman's Spyware Quick Fix Procedure at
http://www.aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm to identify and clean up any
spyware items on your computer.

Good luck


Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
--
Microsoft MVP
On-Line Help Computer Service
http://onlinehelp.bc.ca

In memory of a dear friend Alex Nichol MVP
http://aumha.org/alex.htm


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