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Here is how to decrease high CPU Usage by Srvany.exe

By Eunice Samson | July 18, 2019 |

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“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.”

-Lily Tomlin

We live in a digital age where everything happens so quickly. So, from time to time, it is important for us to escape the busy city life and travel somewhere where the hours seem to pass by slowly. Giving yourself a breather is essential in maintaining your overall health. Once you get back to work, you will feel energized and refreshed.

Going at a slow pace when you’re on a holiday is key to enjoying your vacation. On the other hand, at work, the key to becoming efficient and productive is having reliable tools. So, it is only natural for you to worry when you notice that your computer is performing slower than usual. When this happens, the appropriate action is to open the Task Manager and check what is consuming most of the resources. Here, you will discover what is causing the PC slowdown. What if Sevany.exe is occupying 50% of the CPU all the time?

It is only natural to worry and ask, “What is Srvany.exe?” After all, many executable files have been known to be viruses in disguise. If you are concerned about the security and performance of your computer, you should keep reading this article. We will discuss what this executable file is. Moreover, we will teach you how to fix the high CPU usage of Srvany.exe.

What is Srvany.exe?

Developed by Microsoft, Srvany.exe is one of the files that make up the Windows NT Resource Kit. It is worth noting that it does not play an indispensable role in running your operating system. So, you are free to disable and remove it. After all, many Windows users complained that the file had been causing various problems. In some cases, it can take up to 60% of the CPU resources. In other instances, it shows an error message which says, “The program can’t be launched because the Srvany.exe file is missing.”

It is only natural for you to wonder whether Srvany.exe is safe. After all, its high CPU usage can cause system crashes, slowdowns, and unresponsiveness, among other issues. It is worth noting that criminals use executable files to mask viruses. So, if you see that there are multiple instances of the Srvany.exe process on the Task Manager, it is possible that your computer’s system has been infected with a virus.

It is important to note that error messages related to Srvany.exe are not necessarily caused by a virus. The problem may also be caused by corrupted or damaged system files, software incompatibilities, and missing updates, among many others. Whatever the cause of the problem is, it is worth your time to learn how to fix Srvany.exe loading the CPU too much. We’ve collected a list of solutions that you can try.

Solution 1: Scanning the System for Malware

One of the ways to determine whether Srvany.exe is a virus in disguise is to check its folder location. If the file is legitimate, it should be found under the C:\\Windows folder or the C:\\Windows subfolder. If you discover that Srvany.exe is in a different location apart from what we mentioned, then it is time for you to scan your system for malware. You can use Windows Defender to identify the threat:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+I. Doing so will launch the Settings app.
  2. Now, click Update & Security.
  3. Go to the left-pane menu, then select Windows Security.
  4. Once you’re inside Windows Defender Security Center, go to the right pane, then click the ‘Run a new advanced scan’ link.
  5. Select Full Scan, then click Scan Now.

Wait for the process to complete, then check the Task Manager to see if the multiple instances of Srvany.exe are gone.

Another way to check if Srvany.exe is a virus is by going to the Registry Editor and temporarily stopping the process. Once you’ve done this, you can check the Task Manager and see if it keeps on working. If it does, then it is indeed a virus. However, before you proceed with this method, make sure that you have adequate tech skills to follow the steps accurately. Keep in mind that the Windows Registry is a sensitive database. So, if you make even the smallest mistake, you may cause irreversible damage to your system.


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  1. Press Windows Key+R on your keyboard to launch the Run dialog box.
  2. Inside the box, type “regedit” (no quotes), then press Enter.
  3. Go to the left pane, then navigate to this location:


  1. Now, move to the right pane and right-click the Start key.
  2. Select Modify from the context menu.
  3. Change the Value Data from 0 to 4.

After the process is complete, restart your system. If the process is still running on the Task Manager, then you’ve determined that Srvany.exe is indeed malware in disguise.

Pro Tip: While Windows Defender can handle common threats, it may miss more complex attacks and viruses. So, to ensure that your PC is completely safe, you need a more reliable security software program. There are many products on the market for this purpose. However, Auslogics Anti-Malware is among the anti-virus programs that provide comprehensive protection against threats and viruses. What’s more, this product was created by a certified Microsoft Gold Application Developer. So, you don’t have to worry about it interfering with your main anti-virus and other system processes.

Solution 2: Performing a Clean Boot

If you’ve determined that Srvany.exe is not a virus in disguise, then it is possible that its excessive resource consumption has something to do with software incompatibilities. As such, we suggest that you perform a clean boot to identify the problematic service. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to your taskbar, then click the Search icon.
  2. Inside the box, type “msconfig” (no quotes), then press Enter.
  3. Once you’re in the System Configuration window, go to the Services tab.
  4. Make sure that the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ option has been selected.
  5. Now, click Disable All.
  6. Go to the Startup tab, then click the ‘Open Task Manager’ link.
  7. Select each startup item, then click Disable.
  8. Exit the Task Manager, then go back to the System Configuration window and click OK.
  9. Restart your system.

If you notice that the issue has disappeared, you must enable the services one by one. You need to restart your system after enabling a service. Do this until you’ve determined which one is causing the issue with Srvany.exe. After that, reinstall or completely remove the problematic software.

Solution 3: Updating Your Operating System

It is possible that the executable file is malfunctioning due to missing updates. As such, we recommend that you check for available updates and install them promptly. To do that, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows Key+I on your keyboard.
  2. Once you’re on the Settings app, select Updates & Security.
  3. Go to the left-pane menu, then click Windows Update.
  4. Now, move to the right pane and click Check for Updates.
  5. If there are any available updates, download and install them.
  6. Once your system has downloaded the updates, restart your computer to begin the installation process.

After you’ve installed the updates, check if Srvany.exe is still consuming a considerable percentage of CPU resources. If you’ve tried our solutions and you noticed that your PC is still slow, we recommend that you use Auslogics BoostSpeed. It is possible that junk files or unoptimized system settings are causing the slowdown on your computer. As such, it is advisable to remove all unnecessary files and resolve speed-reducing issues. Now, we understand that the process can be tedious, which is why we suggest that you automate it, using Auslogics BoostSpeed. With one click of a button, you will be able to fix problems that may cause your computer to perform slowly.

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