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Absolutely not! The svchost.exe processes are, as the name implies, hosts for Windows services that don't require their own process. (They appear with the line TYPE: 20 WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS in the list generated by sc query.) Many important system functions run inside these processes, including: Windows Update (wuauserv) Windows Management Instrumentation ...


To start the command in a different directory for /f "delims=" %d in ('dir c:\pathtostart /s /b /ad ^| sort /r') do rd "%d" and change c:\pathtostart as appropriate. To use a batch file Alternatively create a batch file RemoveEmptyDirs.cmd: @echo off for /f "delims=" %%d in ('dir %1 /s /b /ad ^| sort /r') do rd "%%d" and call as follows: ...


When users here get infections like this, with executables or processes that get left behind, I usually remove them from safe mode. I'd recommend giving that a shot. Safe mode will open Windows with the bare minimum of services running, which usually allows you to remove files that have processes that won't stop running. Hope that helps!

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