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spoolsv.exe : Is this bad?


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#1 SashimiOnly

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 09:47 AM

HI All.... I ran my Norton anti-virus overnight and woke up to this.... It found spoolsv.exe, "spoolsv is attemting to listen for connections from other computers." Should I be concerned about this and allow it to occur? Thanks for your responses. Paul PS: I tried to post in the malware forum, but it said I did not have permision.

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#2 Digerati

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 10:43 AM

Should I be concerned about this

That depends. If spoolsv.exe is malware, then yes. But if that is the legitimate Microsoft print spooler program that normally resides in C:\Windows\System32, then you are fine.

I urge you to purge your system of clutter using Windows [XP / Vista] Disk Cleanup, ATF Cleaner or CCleaner. If you use CCleaner, then during installation, uncheck the option to install the Yahoo toolbar and before first use, go to Options > Settings > Advanced and ensure Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 48 hours is unchecked.

Note: Ensure you know your site credentials (user name and password) for sites you frequent before cleaning; you may have to login again at next visit.

Download, install, update, and run Malwarebytes's Anti-Malware (MBAM) to ensure your system is free of malware. Then do the same for all other computers on your network (everything on your side of the Internet gateway, typically a cable/DSL modem).

Make sure you do not have any print jobs waiting. Are you sharing this printer with other computers? Check your File and Printer sharing settings.
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#3 SashimiOnly

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:26 PM

Thanks BROTHER.... I'll do that....

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:50 PM

Keep us posted.
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:37 PM

Are you sharing this printer with other computers? Check your File and Printer sharing settings.


Good question, and the first place to start. Norton basically says that your printer is trying to share, but is prepared to block it, if you say so.

click Start ---- Printers and Fax, if this is not on the Start bar, then goto Control Panel and you should find it there, (if you don't see it, click "switch to classic view.")

If any of the Printer Icons are listed with a Hand under it, then you are indeed "sharing" that printer, and SHOULD allow that process to continue if / when Norton asks you again.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:24 PM

HOLY COW... I just installed Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware, it started sanning, 45 seconds into the scan, it already found 145 objects infected .... This is making me very worried. Is my system that badly infected? Is it finding legitimate files as well? I need feedback, fellas. 5 minutes in and the number remains at 145 objects infected. System info: win vista home premium, 64 bit, 4GB ram. Thanks for all your support. Paul

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 12:35 PM

I would head over to the malware removal forum MBAM is a very good scanner, so you must be badly infected

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 08:09 PM

Hey Guys.... I removed all the MALWARE on my system and it is running in great form now.... Thanks for all your assistance.... I'm gonna head over to the HARDWARE room and ask a question there. Paul

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