I'm having a problem with the program host.exe. It seems to eat up my cpu usage and my friends dont have it i dont think so im thinkin its a virus or something. using a windows xp os with service pack 1 not 2. any info on this file would be helpful.
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when i do control +alt+ del and look at the processes tab i see that host.exe is eating up 100% of the cpu. i have to close it every so often so i can actually do stuff on the comp. i did a search in registry and found nothing. i also had a file called scvhosting (not svchosting) in the processes which was eating my cpu up constantly so i just got rid of it in the registry and worked ok.
I just had the same problem with a comp. It turned out to be a malware which was running from the Java cache. The system has Mozilla Firefox as the browser, using Sun's Java. I got rid of it by going to Control Panel, opening the Java console, selecting Cache, and then emptying the cache. To prevent this from happening again, I set the cache at 0 so nothing will be stored there. It doesn't need to be anyway unless you're on a dial-up.
It's not a specific file, but seems to be one dropped in the system by various worms, Trojans, back door dialers etc. If you go to control panel/administrative tools, and open the event viewer, double click on security and look at the log. You will probably find anonymous logons. Is your account secured with a password? Download and run these programs
hey I did the java cache thing and checked my logs security logs in administrative tools but nothing came up. I use spybot and adaware and norton AV as my virusscanner (all up to date). Norton doesnt find anything nor does spybot or adaware but so far my comp has been running a okay. thanks
You have version 1.3 of Spybot? OK If it happens again start Spybot in advanced mode from the all progrms menu. When it opens hit Tools on the side bar. Then click on processes list. If you see that host.exe file running, highlight it and look in the lower window and see if it identifies the module that is running it.
Wish you guys had been around a month ago. I was hit with this same problem. Pestware that got onto my PC was the root cause of the gross CPU usage. Used Spybot 1.3 which detected and deletted the damn thing but it only took a short time for it to reappear. Must have hidden tendrils in the system32 files. Got so fed up I reformatted. A bit drastic you say. Well at that time I did not know about the Java cache trick. Also as I am conviced MS will one day totally f####ckup so I keep all my files on an external hard drive. That at least does not get infested with this purile attempt at money making known as spyware.
Just to be safe I am goining to sort out the Java cache anyway
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host.exe is back! Well, its been back a while, but ive just been dealing with it and closing it whenever it comes up. Ive used all the spyware removal programs and norton AV, but nothing catches it. I figured I'd try to remove it once and for all now because it comes up whenever I restart my comp and windows is running for like 20 minutes (gets kinda annoying). I did a search in registry and found that its in:
value name: windows2
value data: host.exe
I dont know if removing that from registry will do anything, so I figured I'd ask people who are smart. thanks
This article helps you reset the Hosts file back to the default.To reset the Hosts file back to the default automatically. If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD and then run the automatic fix on the computer that has the problem.