How to get rid of the spoolsv32 VirusSometimes the spoolsv32 file may cloak a virus, for example TrendMicro found BKDR_AGENT.MHA, as well as Symantec found Backdoor.Trojan. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with spoolsv32.exe
The spoolsv32.exe process is also known as Generic Host Process for Win32 Services and is a part of Microsoft® Windows (Version 2000 Operating System). This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of spoolsv32.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Generic Host Process has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Generic Host Process 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)
- spoolsv32.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module spoolsv32.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about spoolsv32.exe Generic Host Process
spoolsv32.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Spoolsv32.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
The file size is 38,920 bytes.
It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This spoolsv32.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: Winlogon\Shell). This file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Spoolsv32.exe is capable of hide itself from other programs. For this reason, 64% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
Attention: If you find spoolsv32.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 spoolsv32?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
Summary: For this reason, one user has already deleted spoolsv32.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Microsoft® Windows
To remove Generic Host Process 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 Microsoft® Windows in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if spoolsv32.exe (Generic Host Process) 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 Generic Host Process. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Generic Host Process 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 spoolsv32.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.