The real Spoolsv.exe is a computer program that allows printing and faxing to run in the background of your computer. However, because it is a common file, viruses often imitate it by taking on the same name. The Spoolsv.exe file located at "C:\Windows\System32" is the real file. A Spoolsv.exe file located anywhere else is a virus that should be deleted immediately.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Malicious Software Removal Tool
Run the Malicious Software Removal Tool, a tool installed on all computers running a post-Windows 98 operating system. To do so, open the "Run" dialogue (located inside your desktop's Start menu). Type "MRT" (leave out the quotation marks) when an input box appears, then hit your ENTER key. If you encounter problems running the program, re-download the latest version from Microsoft Security to continue the scan (link located in the Resources section).
Click once on the "Next" button.
Click once on the "Full Scan" selection. The "Full Scan" offers the best chance of detecting the Spoolsv.exe virus.
Click once on the "Next" button to start the Full Scan.
Follow the instructions on-screen to delete the Spoolsv.exe virus.
Click the "Finish" button when the repair is done.
Restart your computer.
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