What is conhost.exe? Is it a real Process?

The conhost.exe or Console Window Host is a process which belongs to the Microsoft operating system. Found in task manager, this is an important part of Windows and is able to record mouse and keyboard inputs. They run console services for console window and manage the input/output, (which are normally invisible) to console applications.
The Console Window Host, in some rare cases may cause high memory and CPU usage in which case it is recommended to check into specific applications that may be involved.
Listed below are some short explanations for this process.

What is conhost.exe? Is it a real Process?

Conhost.exe, what is it?

The conhost.exe file may be found in C:\Windows\System32 folder. You will also come across this process in Task manager after opening Command Prompt. This process is also related to csrss.exe (Client Server Runtime System Service) and cmd.exe (command prompt services).

The console process also provide some exterior features to Command prompt such as allowing command prompt to use the same window frame and also for carrying and dropping a file or folder directly into it.
Some malwares or viruses may be hidden with this process’s name to avoid detection. However this problem may be eliminated by checking to see if it is a threat and by downloading anti-viruses and other applications for your computer’s security.

Is Conhost.exe a system process?

The Console Window host is a legit process and therefore should not be removed or deleted. However, to check if the process is original, and if it has a high CPU usage, you must follow the following steps.
Solution: Searching for process in Sytem32

  1. In Task manager, right click on Console Window Host and then select Open File Location.

  2. Only if you find the conhost.exe in  the following directory C:/Windows/System32, only then it is a real system process.


If the process is NOT in System 32, then a virus or a malware maybe presenting itself as a console process. In this case it is recommended to use an anti-virus software to scan and remove such files from your computer.

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