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- System Process: Yes
- Background Process: Yes
- Application Process:Yes
- Common Path:
C:\ Windows\ System32\ spoolsv.exe
- Uses Network:Yes
- Uses Internet:No
The process spoolsv.exe file is a Microsoft Windows system executable, which is responsible for handling the printing and fax jobs of the computer system. It is part of the Operating System that could be located at the C:\ Windows\ System32\ spoolsv.exe.
There are lots of exe files that could be mistaken as a malicious program that could affect the computer system. But the spoolsv.exe file is not a known spyware, malware, Trojan, or a virus. But, just like any other files on the computer, it could be corrupted. Several antivirus programs such as, Norton, McAfee, Panda, AVG, NOD32, Avast and many others that could clean and protect these files from harmful, malicious programs which can affect computer programs from running normally. However, not all antivirus software could protect the computer from these harmful programs. There are such antivirus softwares that are low in quality that cannot identify all malwares, virus, spywares and other malicious files. So in order to protect the computer, the user must first know the legitimacy of the antivirus software and if the certain antivirus is trustworthy and should also be up-to-date to completely protect the computer.
If the spoolsv.exe file takes 99-100%, or has an abnormal high amount of Central Processing Unit (CPU) memory, the cause of this might be, there are still printer jobs left in the Windows spool system. The following are the manual steps that could remove these print jobs; the user can follow these steps:
The user can Click the start key and choose Control Panel.
When the user opened the control panel, double-click the Administrative Tools and click Services.
Within the Services tool, locate the Print Spooler and use right-click. After clicking it, select the Stop button.
Once the process stopped, the user can leave the window open. After that, open My Computer and browse the folder below. Find the c:\ windows\ system32\ spool\ PRINTERS or the c:\ winnt\system32\ spool\PRINTERS
When the folder has been opened, the user can delete/remove all the files in the Printers folder. Once this has been deleted/remove, the user can right-click the Printer Spooler in the Services window and clicks the Start button to re-enable the service.
If this does not resolve the issue of the program, there must be other issues with the printer drivers that have been installed in the users printer and/or it has technical problems that can be resolved by troubleshooting. Always make sure that the latest printer drivers are installed in the printer. The list of printer drivers can be found through the printer driver kit.
Additional spoolsv.exe Info:
Part of: Operating System, Author URL: http://www.microsoft.com/, File Created by: Microsoft Corporation
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