Windows 10: Does 'svchost.exe' being in the 'SysWOW64' folder, constitute a Virus?

  1.    27 Dec 2016 #1

    Does 'svchost.exe' being in the 'SysWOW64' folder, constitute a Virus?

    I have read at multiple places that the file 'svchost.exe' should only be in the 'System32' folder. I searched my PC and this file is also present in the 'SysWOW64' folder. Does this mean that there is a virus/malware?
    Note:- I have also read at wikipedia that this file has one of its image located in SysWOW64 folder. So, I am a little confused.
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  2.    27 Dec 2016 #2

    In a 32 bit OS there should only be one copy of svchost.exe and that in windows\system32. But in a 64 bit OS there will also be one in windows\syswow64. They are not the same file. This is a critical system file.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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