I don't know if this is really the right or best place to ask, but does anyone know if this is a virus, and if so can anything be done with it. If I search for svchost.exe I have this file in C:WINDOWS\PREFETCH as well as the proper scvhost.exe in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32. If I search on google with "svchost.exe-3530f672.pf" as the search all I seem to get is loads of foreign language sites with it on. Any info would be very gratefully received.
The prefetch directory contains data that Windows XP prefetches as bootup to increase bootup time. In this case, it's prefetching svchost.exe.
"bootup to increase bootup time"
svchost is "service host", which runs services. i do not recommend to delete this file. but you can try :)
He's talking about deleting the prefetch files, which some people claim improves boot-up speed.
And I was only making a small joke - I think he meant *decrease* boot up time.
Yeah, I meant decrease...
does this pf file always exist?when does it get created?coz i had it on my system till yesterday and now it's not there anymore!!
i had a pop up today from my virus real time scan and it said it was a virus and it was located in the c/windows/system32/drives and the name of the virus was w32.welcha. b or something like that but when i go to use the tool to get it out it says its not there so i have no clue but i did a search for the svchost.exe and there are only 2 of them there and one was just created today 2/15/2004 so i was also wondering if i could deleate that one but not the other one can anyone help?
There should only be one Svchost.exe and it should be located in your "windows\system32" directory if there's another svchost.exe in another location m8 likely hood is it's a virus.
i deleted mine yesterday, it was in the same diretorie, and as i had big troubles with a svchost.exe - virus some weeks ago i was afraid it is that m.....f..... virus again. Now i cant connect to the internet or send emails......
i believe that SVCHOST.EXE can hold a virus because when i went to look at the security part of the program there was an unidentified user that had full access to the program... i also had 2 copies...and one was named SVCHOST.EXE-3530F672.pf
That was my virus log :
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