A technique that spyware, adwares, viruses, keyloggers etc use to go undetected is to drop files that have almost the same name as a legitimate file. WinDir.swchost is a warning that there is a file named swchost.exe located in %WinDir% on your system. The legitimate svchost.exe file is located in %SystemDir%. You might want to analyse %WinDir%\swchost.exe to verify it is something that you really want on your system. Do not delete %WinDir%\swchost.exe unless you are 100% sure it is a threats.

Note: %WinDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\WINNT (Windows NT/2000).
Note: %SystemDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\WINNT\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).



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Log references

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Manual removal

Please follow the instructions below if you would like to remove WinDir.swchost manually. Please notice that you must follow the instructions very carefully and delete everything that is mentioned. In most cases the removal will fail if one single item is not deleted. If WinDir.swchost remains on your system after stepping through the removal instructions, please double-check by stepping through them again. Do not delete %WinDir%\swchost.exe unless you are 100% sure it is a threat.

  1. Start your computer in safe mode.
  2. Start Windows Explorer and delete:
    Note: %WinDir% is a variable (?). By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\WINNT (Windows NT/2000).

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