Task Manager Windows has 5 svchost.exe/System cases and 3 instances of YahooWidgets.exe/Owner running in XP SP3

I did a few recommended lately on the system settings.  I don't remember see these multiple entries above.

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It is normal to have several copies of svchost.exe appears in the Task Manager.  I have 8 right now in the process of execution.

Important XP Services running "behind" these entries of svchost.exe.  Some svchost.exe process may have just XP Service running behind her, an another svchost.exe process can have several XP Services running behind it.

In addition, malicious software has been know to dress up like a svchost.exe process to deceive you or sometimes the malware will hide behind a svchost.exe process, because he knows that you won't be able to see it in the Task Manager.

I don't know what YahooWidgets and do not want to install any YahooWidgets to find out how it works, or if this is normal.

Thanks to the bad implementation of the MS Answers forums, we know absolutely nothing about your system is always a good idea before troubleshooting to run some respectable scans for malware, then I'll give you some instructions, if you're curious to see what happens behind these multiple svchost.exe process see you in Manager tasks.

No matter what you use for malware protection, follow these steps:

Download, install, update, and make at least an analysis full (not at the same time) with these free malware detection programs:
SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

These comprehensive analyses can take some time, but you really need to run.  SAS will probably be just a bunch of Internet tracking cookies, but you can remove them.  Once you have done at least a full analysis, you can do quick scans in the future to save time and save the analyses complete for when you have more time or are really suspicious of an infection of the system.

They can be uninstalled later if you wish.

To help understand your processes svchost.exe and what is running under them, read this article and you will be smarter than the average bear:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial129.html

You may be able to get clues with what is happening with your svchost.exe process using the Task Manager and maybe understand.

You will always be able to understand what is happening with your svchost.exe process if you use Process Explorer.

Download Process Explorer, so you can see what is 'really' running on your system, especially behind those svchosts several process see you in the running task manager.

Download Process Explorer from here:

http://TechNet.Microsoft.com/en-us/Sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

You'll like Process Explorer when you get the hang of it.  Process Explorer is the Manager of Windows taskbar on steroids.

Process Explorer installs nothing so it won't slow down your system since it works only on request.

Process Explorer can seem a little intimidating at first because it has so much information, but you will begin to make love the way it works when you're looking for performance problems.   You can even say EP you want it to be your new default 'Task Manager' value in the future.  You can always run the original tasks as Manager.

Once you get Process Explorer running, expand the columns, made drag the corners of the screen for it's largest, etc., so you can see as much information as possible in the window.  Now you can really see what is running on the system.

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