Svchost.exe making computer unusable
June 17, 2012 2:08 AM Subscribe
Svchost.exe and Wuaudt.exe are eating up the memory of my gf's computer, making it so slow that it becomes unusable. What are they and how do we stop them? Backstory inside.
posted by Termite to computers & internet (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend's PC has been hernia-inducingly slow for a long time. About a month ago, we reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled the OS (Windows XP Home). This fixed things - it seemed, but just a couple of weeks later, the computer is just as slow as before. It has more or less become unusable. The hard drive grinds and grinds. After booting up, with no programs running, there is almost no available memory (RAM) - two processes called Svchost.exe and Wuaudt.exe, are using all of it. (Or perhaps it's Wuauclt.exe, the letters are hard to distinguish.)
Why do they start automatically, and how do we stop them from using up all the available memory? I know there are lots of computer advice sites out there - more or less trustworthy - but I've always gotten good advice from AskMe before, so I wanted to ask you.