Windows cannot find C:\windows\svchost.exe

by Rohit Khurana on April 11, 2008

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Trouble:

We have been receiving many mails from our readers these days with a problem that when ever they start up windows they see the error messages like as follows:

  • Windows cannot find ‘C:\windows\svchost.exe.’
  • Could not load or run ‘C:\windows\svchost.exe.’ specified in the registry
  • Windows cannot find ‘C:\Windows\System32\amvo.exe’
  • “Windows cannot find ‘copy.exe’

These type of messages appear at windows startup, when windows tries to load the virus files like amvo.exe, copy.exe etc. These error messages appear, because these files were removed by your anti-virus programs but still the registry entries for them exist.

 

Different types of viruses create some files which got executed at the windows startup so that they can come in action as windows load itself. In order to run the primary virus files required, they create run entries in windows registry.

 

Let’s see how can you remove these entries.


Fix:

In order to fix it you would have to remove all the startup entries created by the virus.

 

Manual Removal

 

1. Open Start >> Run. This will open run window.

2. Type “regedit” (without quotes) and press enter. This will launch registry editor.

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( If you are not able to launch Registry by the command above, you can refer to this post to know how can you enable regedit again.)

3. Navigate to the following registry path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

4. Search for the keys here who have the data field set to any of the path specified above:

For Example: A Virus related entry will have

Name: Amvo

Type: <any type>

Data: C:\Windows\System32\amvo.exe

5.Delete these type of entries.

Note: Make sure you delete the virus related keys only

 

Automatic Removal

 

1. Download a program called CCleaner from here.

2. Install and Run it and Scan the registry scan (as shown in the image below).

ccleaner-registry-fix

3. Once the scan is complete it will show you the Fix Selected Issues button, click it to removes all the incorrect entries including the virus files registry keys.

 

We hope at least one of the above procedure will help to fix the trouble!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

TechPavan April 11, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Nice thing is to use msconfig… instead of regedit…

Deyaa Addeen Fahmy Shedeed April 12, 2008 at 1:02 am

Thank you very much.

Mervic May 6, 2008 at 3:17 am

It’s not working o my PC, with a platform of SP1, either of the two solution, it didn’t work.. :( what am i suppose to do?

Hostgator September 7, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Good info, but I can`t find this damn entry in registry, but errors continue appear. Wtf? :@

Rohit September 7, 2008 at 11:01 pm

@Hostgator

Use CC Cleaner, it will do the needful for you :)

Sumeet September 24, 2008 at 3:47 am

This is very useful. I like so much.

Thanks

tumbalam December 9, 2008 at 1:30 am

hello friends,

thanks for providing all those information for us.

Regards,
Tumbalam

pravee April 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Manual Removal

1. Open Start >> Run. This will open run window.

2. Type “regedit” (without quotes) and press enter. This will launch registry editor.

( If you are not able to launch Registry by the command above, you can refer to this post to know how can you enable regedit again.)

3. Navigate to the following registry path:
4.\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIN\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\WINLOGON
5.Shell right clik selct modify Explorer.exe

Cathy April 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I cannot repair this issue I have every time I start my computer. I’ve attempted to find these keys but without luck. Any other help would be appreciated.

Abdul Moiz February 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

@ Pravee,

HANDS DOWN, MATE, YOU ARE THE “ONLY” PERSON WHO HAS PROVIDED A CORRECT SOLUTION (iM TYPING IN CAPS ON PURPOSE =D):

(Here’s STEP 5: CORRECTLY EXPAINED)

Manual Removal

1. Open Start >> Run. This will open run window.

2. Type “regedit” (without quotes) and press enter. This will launch registry editor.

( If you are not able to launch Registry by the command above, you can refer to this post to know how can you enable regedit again.)

3. Navigate to the following registry path:

4.\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIN\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\WINLOGON

5. Right Click: “Shell” and select “modify”, you’ll see you entries like this: “Explorer.exe Scvhost.exe” (without quotes), REMOVE “Scvhost.exe” and click ok, reboot, you’re done! =D

Sisi March 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Hi everyone….when i get to step 4.. I can’t seem to find : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHIN\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\WINLOGON when i type it…is there a reason?

laddu July 26, 2010 at 11:16 am

hiii evryone…..thanx 4 posting all dese..
m getin dis msg evrytim i turn on my system..

“Windows could not load or run ‘C:\windows\khatra.exe.’ specified in the registry ”

i ried all d steps….but d problm is WINLOGON is nt der…i cant find it…….wt 2 do next????neither i found ny .exe files in RUN as written in 1st step…..

navi November 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

Hi friends..

“Windows could not load or run ‘C:\windows\khatra.exe.’ specified in the registry ”
i get this msg when i switch on my laptop.. i tried the method specified above. In run i got hkcmd.exe and igfxpers.exe . Are they virus should i remove them plz help me……………….
thank u…

ayeshi November 25, 2010 at 11:55 pm

hey! thanks to abdul moiz & pravee! i have fixed my “scvhost.exe problem!” tumbs up to both of you! God bless

Cisco February 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

CCleaner cannot fix this, i tried it out but it could not… so among the solution is odd man out.
Maybe i will try using the first method and see what it does

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