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Since superantispyware doesn't work, I put on latest spybot S&D and defs. Did a scan for jollies and it found this conhost.exe in /system32 and said it's "win32:sober". Just wondering if others have this file and if they get the same result. I bet it's a FP but always a chance it somehow got in with something else besides 6956.

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Well conhost.exe is a new binary on Win7. It hosts the command prompt window that cmd.exe runs in.

i hope im not being inappropriate by posting in this thread, i thought that it would save me clutttering up the board any further by adding topics, when it already exists. if i should have posted this in a new thread, then apologies for that.

Spybot also picking up conhost.exe for me, and i was pretty sure that it was a FP, so excluded it. i just checked my running processes, and there are 15 instances of conhost.exe running, why would this be? i havent run a cmd prompt window since yesterday.

i am running Windows 7 6801

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anyone know why this is?

thanks

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I'm gonna have to guess it's a bug.

thanks for your reply Brandon :)

a bug as in virus? or bug as in windows errors?

im guessing you mean the latter

i have terminated them all, with no adverse reaction so far anyway

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  • 2 weeks later...
yeh taskhost is a cpu killer, so I removed it from the system32 folder. 7 working fine at the momo

What??? Taskhost doesn't even do anything, it's whatever task is hosted there that you must have had a problem with. You can't just delete the file, I'm assuming WFP put it back as soon as you deleted it (otherwise your system would be in a ridiculously broken state). If you're having problems with a task eating CPU, you should find out what task it is and disable it. After you submit the hung app bug report of course.

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well I have restarted multiple times and taskhost hasn't popped up in the processes tab as of yet. All my apps seem to be working fine.

taskhost used to pop up and take 50% cpu (dualcore) with no apps running in background. Once I end tasked it it was another 20 mins or so when it popped up again.

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Start processExplorer as admin and move the mouse over the taskhost.exe and you'll see which tasks are being started from the exe.

Or just open task scheduler and click view running tasks.

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