Sunday, February 18, 2007

Listing the services & Description of "Svchost.exe" in Windows XP

Each instance of svchost.exe process seen in the Task Manager hosts a group of services. To see the list of services hosted by each instance of svchost.exe, you may use the Tasklist.exe console utility available in Windows XP Professional Edition.

  • Click Start, Run and type CMD.EXE

  • Type tasklist /svc >c:\taskList.txt

The taskList.txt will contain the list of Processes, their Process IDs and the Services running under each Process.

NOTE: Tasklist.exe is not included in Windows XP Home Edition. You may use Process Explorer to view this information.

NOTE: There are viruses circulating in the Internet which uses the same name as svchost.exe. The legit svchost.exe will be present in the %windir%\system32 folder.