Multiple instances (dozens) of conhost.exe running. Windows 7 Pro (32-bit)

I've seen a lot of users referring to this but never really getting anywhere toward keeping it from happening. 

I get dozens of "conhost.exe" processes launching throughout the day that never go away.  I run itunes (latest, , Outlook (2007, 12.0.6535.5005) and an old DOS program called Q&A (version 5.0).  I figure this could be the culprit, but I'd like to know if anyone could say with any certainty or how to make it stop.

I put an image of my task manager on snapfish (there's gotta be a better way of doing this, but I've never done this).  It was snapped when there weren't many.  As of now, there are about 30, all around the same size as the ones in the picture, so it starts to take up a lot memory.

Thanks in advance!


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Last updated August 16, 2019 Views 193,264 Applies to:

Virus free with every antivirus program I could find.  Norton, webroot, etc. 

It appears to have something to do with itunes, or at least itunes is involved. 

I minimized all but my dos program (Q&A 5.0).  I started getting in and out of it, saving stuff, making database changes, etc. with no change in the number of conhost.exe instances running.

I then minimizedstarted saving songs, moving songs to my ipod, launching and relaunching etc. to see if I saw an increase.  It went up from 34 to 36 instances while I was doing that.

I'm going to keep an eye on it while I go throughout my day to see what's possibly causing this.


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