Conhost.exe Process – Should I Be Worried?

I went to the Task Manager today and found the Conhost.exe process there. Whether it has always been there or just recently appeared is unimportant. Please tell me if I should be worried about it or not? It’s just that my PC has been rebooting on its own lately, and I’m glancing at this unfamiliar process.


Conhost.exe is a system service; a command line host process. Even if you see several processes with that name – don’t worry, that’s the way it should be. The Conhost.exe file is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.

You need to worry about this process only if it requires too many system resources (CPU, GPU etc.) and is located not in the System32 folder, but elsewhere on your PC. If you suspect that Conhost.exe is a malicious component, we recommend you to scan your system with an antivirus.

It is possible that there is a virus lurking under the guise of Command Line Host. Unlikely but it is possible.

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