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6 svchost.exes running and a rogue hijackThis.exe

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Hi guys,
I was just wondering if its normal to have a 6 svchost.exe running at the same time on Windows XP on startup? Seems a little strange to me!

My 2nd problem is i had hijackthis on a usb stick and was transferring it to my desktop when McAffee told me a trojan was detected in hijackthis.exe and that it had been deleted!!
I went to get another copy of hijack this from here and saved it to my desktop!
Something funny happened as the file downloaded and now the icon for its on my desktop but has a file size of 0 bytes and when i try to delete it i get an error saying it cannot be deleted because it being used by another person/ application!
Any idea how i can get rid of this??
Also what is a good tool to help me get rid of unwanted startup processes?
Attached is a screenshot of my task manager
Any help would be appreciated!

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Greetings Sharkey, welcome to Geeks to Go. My system is clean (no virus/trojans ect) and I just checked my task manager and right now I have seven svchost.exe running. I have lots windows open to the internet and expect that is why. I wouldn't be concerned about it unless you have latency or can't get on the internet etc. There are worms that hijack svchost.exe (I remember Welchia when I was upgrading a computer from W98 to W2K Pro a couple of years ago!).

If you are concerned about possible virus/trojans etc, work through the malware removal guide at the top of this forum where it says "Do you suspect a malware (Spyware, Virus, Trojan) infection? Please start here. " This is an excellent guide that enables folks to solve most problems on their own. It also gives you the tools and knowledge to prevent such infections. If you do find that you have an infection and you can't solve the problem yourself, post a hijack this log in the malware forum at


If you are running WXP go to start, run and type msconfig You can view the startup tab and remove those unwanted programs from the startup process.
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