How to get rid of the Spool VirusSometimes the Spool file may cloak a virus, for example Symantec found Downloader, as well as TrendMicro found WORM_SOCKS.BL. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with Spool.exe
The Spool.exe process is also known as and is a part of WindowsDriver. This software is produced by unknown. An obsolete or defective version of Spool.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WindowsDriver has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WindowsDriver has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Spool.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module Spool.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about Spool.exe WindowsDriver
Spool.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file Spool.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 14,954 bytes (33% of all these files), 99,472 bytes or, as the case may be, 81,712 bytes.
The program appears as a window on the desktop. It does not supply any version information or other description. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). The Spool file is not part of the Windows operating system. Spool.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 46% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A Spool.exe file has a 90% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 26,112 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. It is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. Spool.exe is capable of monitor other applications.
Attention: If you find Spool.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about Spool?
|this is spyware, see link |
|spool.exe error during printing |
pawan nandan gogoi
|It just lowers system performance |
Summary: However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted Spool.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall WindowsDriver
To remove WindowsDriver from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for WindowsDriver in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if Spool.exe (WindowsDriver) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of WindowsDriver. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WindowsDriver or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or Spool.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.