Is spoolsv.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of spoolsv.exe:









File purpose and description:

spoolsv.exe is a program which shows in your tasklist as Spooler SubSystem App and may have been there since the day you first purchased your computer. The actual folder location is also shown for you below so you can verify where its located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware, adware, or virus related. Many spyware and virus writers often place files elsewhere on your computer, and use the same name in an attempt to fool you. This spoolsv file (Spooler SubSystem App) is used to manage both faxing and print jobs. If you terminate this task, you may not be able to fax or print any documents. Even if you do not plan on printing (or do not have a printer attached to your computer) or faxing documents, this task should be left alone and you will see it in your tasklist. This file is considered safe and is not spyware, virus, or adware related software. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
spoolsv.exe

File type:
This is an executable file.

File or folder location:
This fax and printing task will be found in the Windows\System32 folder on your computer.


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, spoolsv.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of spoolsv.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!