What is Spoolsv.exe? Virus Removal Guide (September 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Spoolsv.exe Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

The spooler service is responsible for managing print/fax jobs. Spooling (Spoolsv.exe) allows you to print in the background without your computer being tied up. The spoolsv.exe is a legit process if the file is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. In other cases, spoolsv.exe is a virus, spyware, trojan or worm!

If a Trojan Horse PC virus like Spoolsv.exe has gotten inside your PC and compromised your system, you ought to make sure to take the necessary precaution measures and the malware out of your computer or else, there are all sorts of problems that can come to you. Down below, we will give you a general idea regarding the different issues you might face in case your PC has gotten attacked by such a malicious software threat. In the next lines, you will also learn what the most likely methods for Trojan Horse distribution are so that you know what to avoid when browsing the Internet.

As we said, it is essential that you get rid of the infection if it is currently on your PC – the sooner you do it, the better. For that purpose, we have posted a detailed instructional guide that you can use to manually remove Spoolsv.exe from your computer system. The guide is available at the bottom of this article so we encourage you to give it a try and see if it works in your case. Additionally, a reliable malware-removal tool has been suggested on the current page – we advise you to use that tool in combination with the guide for best results as it can detect malicious Trojan Horse data on your PC and thus facilitate the elimination of the virus.

In order to ensure that no more such insidious infections make it inside your PC system in future, take a second look at the different distribution methods for Trojan Horse that we mentioned in the previous section in order to remember them better so that you can avoid them from now on. In general, any type of suspicious-looking content on the Internet is to be avoided if you want to keep your computer system safe. Also, we must put an emphasis on the importance of having a reliable software protection (a good antivirus program) – Trojans rarely show any symptoms so you will need such a software tool to help you detect any such threats that might be trying to mess with your PC.

Spoolsv.exe Virus Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Step4

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step5

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

Trojan Horse viruses – some of the most dangerous malware threats

Most PC owners are well aware of the danger that such malicious programs represent – they are highly dangerous, very difficult to detect and there’s a number of different issues that they can cause if they manage to infiltrate one’s system.

The first important thing that we have to elaborate upon in this article is the way a Trojan Horse infection happens. Although many believe that most such viruses can get inside a computer system on their own, this isn’t totally true. In fact, most Trojans need you to interact with whatever’s carrying them – it could be an infected spam e-mail attachment, a harmful suggested software download coming from an unreliable website, a update request that is actually prompting you to install the virus on your PC or something else similar. Unless you open the compromised element/piece of software, most Trojans would have hard time infecting your computer. As far as we know, the same applies to Spoolsv.exe as well – you are suppose to make the mistake of opening the component that has the virus inside it so that the malware could infiltrate your computer and carry out its insidious task, whatever that task is. Now, there are examples of malicious programs out there that have been created in such a way that they require no end-user interaction and can infect a certain system on their own. Such viruses typically use certain software/OS vulnerabilities to automatically infect a targeted computer. However, the number of such malware programs is still relatively low when compared to the number of viruses that need the user’s interaction. That’s actually good, it means that in most cases, as long as you make sure to keep your system protected by avoiding shady online content, your computer should remain safe and secured.

Why Trojans are so dangerous

A typical malware program of this category can be used for various purposes and can also get reprogrammed to do something else after it has already completed its initial task. Viruses like Spoolsv.exe might be used to spy on you, track your online activity, gain access to sensitive information on your PC, cause damage to your system, corrupt or delete important data, etc. It’s also possible that such a virus forces your machine to participate in DDoS attacks, mine bitcoins for the hacker or distribute spam messages in order to help establish the cyber-criminal’s botnet of infected machines. One other possibility is when Trojans are used to spread other forms of malware. If Spoolsv.exe gets used for that while inside your system, you can have your computer infected by all sorts of other dangerous programs. One notorious examples is when Trojans load Ransomware viruses inside the system of a computer that has already been infected by them. There are many other potential ways in which a virus such as Spoolsv.exe can be used but you probably already get the general idea – Trojans are really bad and you must stay away from them.

SUMMARY:

Name Spoolsv.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Most Trojans lack any visible symptoms though if you notice any kind of system disturbance it might be coming from a Trojan.
Distribution Method Shady e-mails with compromised attachments, pirated downloadable content from illegal sites, malicious and misleading ads, fake online requests and others.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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