So, you have seen it running, but you have no idea what conhost.exe is and why it is running. We will answer this question and tell you all you need to know about conhost.exe. So, what is this anyway? conhost.exe is a legitimate file, a part of Windows and you should not be worried about it. It is located in C/Windows/ System32.

How to Be Sure It Is Not a Virus

If the file you see in your Task Manager is named “conhost.exe”, check its location and see where it is running from. If the location of this file is C/Windows/System32, you don’t have to worry, since this is a legitimate file. If you see any other locations that have this file – well, your system may be infected and you need to scan your computer for viruses. Of course, we don’t have to tell you that your antivirus protection should be up-to-date.


conhost.exe is an important part of Windows. It is there to help CMD Prompt operating. The name itself means “Console Host”. This is a safe process, needed for normal functioning of your operating system, so you should never delete it.

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conhost.exe is relatively new. Before conhost.exe was included in Windows, console windows were managed by csrss.exe. However, back then, there were certain side effects – for example, you could not drag files to console windows and have the file name inserted. In other words, “drag and drop” was an excluded possibility.

However, this was not the only reason for including conhost.exe. Generally speaking, conhost.exe contributed to overall system stability. This is another reason to be very careful when deleting files from your computer. If you are not certain whether you need a file, don’t delete it.

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