How Can I Fix Service Host Process (svchost.exe) Using High Memory on Windows?
By Renee | 03/Mar/2024
You may have come across the mayday situation when your Windows PC is freezing. Then you open Task Manager to find out the reason, and some background services called svhost.exe are running and consuming lots of resources, like 80% Memory usage.
What is svhost.exe? You do not even know where to open the program, how dare they run secretly and eat most of your computer resources? No worries, here are the answer and the solutions to fix them.
What is svhost.exe?
Svchost.exe is a generic host process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries. In other words, Svchost.exe is a process on your computer that hosts, or contains, other individual services that Windows uses to perform various functions. Services are organized into logical groups that are all somewhat related, and then a single Service Host instance is created to host each group. That’s why you see so many Service Host Processes running in the background—they are doing their job!
However, in certain cases, you may see svchost.exe process hogging the CPU or memory resources in Task Manager without apparent reasons.
How do you fix Service Host Process (svchost.exe) using high memory?
Tips: Before you try to fix any computer problems, back up your system data is always a good idea.
Step 1 Open Neptune SystemCare and find the second button on the tool bar from left to right.
Step 2 You can restore your Windows good shape by clicking on the third button on time, if you made anything wrong.
Solution 1 Scan your computer for malware/viruses
High CPU or memory usage of svchost.exe services can be caused by viruses or malicious programs. So run your antivirus program and scan for possible viruses and malicious programs.
If you find any, uninstall them or remove them completely to see if the problem is fixed.
Solution 2 Use Task Manager to disable certain svchost.exe
1. Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete on the keyboard.
2. Choose CPU tab, scroll down to find svhost.exe (Service Host in Windows 8 and above).
3. Now choose the svhost.exe which uses high consumption of CPU, right-click on it and go to service. Right-click one of the processes and click Stop to stop it.
Warn: you have to make sure what service host you disable does no harm to your system.
Once you find the resource-hogging service, click the Open Services button and go to the Service tab.
4. Use Windows Update service as an example. Right-click Windows Update and click Properties.
Change the Startup Type to Disable, then click OK and reboot your computer.
Solution 3 Use PC optimization tool to release the resources automatically
Such a problem is easy to fix with Neptune SystemCare Ultimate. Actually, there are two ways to fix it.
Method 1 Handle it like professional
1. Launch Neptune SystemCare Ultimate and go to System Monitor > Process Monitor.
2. Click Memory column and the processes will sorted by memory or CPU usage. Right-click on the big number and choose End Process.
Method 2 The easiest way to fix high memory/CPU usage
Take advantage of Neptune Tray to end Service Host Process easily.
Click on the CPU and a list of running programs will pop up. Choose the one you do not use anymore and then click on Speed Up.
Then click on the rocket icon to reduce more CPU load work.