Windows cannot find scvshosts.exe – A path through the matter

January 15th, 2009 by Alexey Abalmasov Leave a reply »

Have you ever seen the error message like that:

“Windows cannot find ‘scvshosts.exe’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.”

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If you read this article just because you are tired of annoying error messages, than you are on the right way of elimination of the problem. The essence of the problem is that Windows System tries to find the file that doesn’t exist. To tell the truth this file even doesn’t belong to Windows system at all, and it never existed there. And if you get this Windows cannot find scvshosts.exe error message that is the consequences of the third-party programs and viruses. This error is one of the most irritating one. Sometimes it happens that viruses can hide themselves on your computer, pretending to be like some system files and processes. For example in this case the file ‘scvshosts.exe’ is like the real system file ‘svchost. exe’ and every inexperienced user can think that something terrible happens on his computer, but it is just the result of viral activity. The most effective solution of Windows cannot find scvshosts.exe error is to scan you computer for viruses. Or you can do it manually, using HijackThis.

HijackThis is the utility for detection and removal of different types of malware. The log files of that program commonly thought to be a singular information standard in the computer security field. HijackThis is the program for more or less experienced users that know about the working of operational system. This program allows making some changes in different zones of OS. The main its function is to examine all the OS zones and to show all the information about them in the form of convenient log file. This program doesn’t have any antivirus data, that’s why it cannot analyze the content of the logs. So, only the user is responsible for any changes (including removal) with all the processes and files. But if you decide to use this program, don’t forget that the unskillful changes can cause some serious problems. So it will be better for you to do the backup copy of your System Registry.

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So, how should we use this program? Firstly you should download HijackThis and install. Then, run it:

1. Press Window + R.
2. Type hijackthis /autolog in the command prompt and wait for the results. Put a tick near the following lines in the results if you have such:

  • F2 – REG:system.ini: Shell=Explorer.exe scvshosts.exe
  • F2 – REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe,bar311.exe
  • O7 – HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System, DisableRegedit=1.

Then click the button “Fix checked” and forget about the Windows cannot find scvshosts.exe error.

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