What is spools.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the spools.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Spools.exe file information

The process known as Setup/Uninstall appears to belong to software MetaFrame Presentation Server or 45fdf rfgf by 589ukjh.

Description: Spools.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file spools.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,160 bytes (7% of all occurrences), 13,312 bytes and 53 more variants. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. It is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, exefile, MACHINE\RunServices). The program has no visible window. Spools.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Spools.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 91% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Gehalt & Lohn 2005 or Adobe Acrobat.

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If spools.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 216,687 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 2,125,312 bytes or 248,410 bytes. The spools.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, exefile, MACHINE\RunServices). Spools.exe is able to manipulate other programs and hide itself.

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There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name spools.exe, for example TROJ_RENOS.AFA or TROJ_SMALL.KFO (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan.Win32.FraudPack.gen or Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.vrv (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the spools.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Sometimes comes back after removal. Very hard to remove.
  Gregg Holbert  
it's a piece of crap created by microsoft so that we keep buying their antivirus products. shi
On my PC it was a virus what was causing alot of errors.
  Casper M  
It spreads through home networks. Don't go to pereto etc who promise to fix it, let you scan and then want you to pay with no previous reference to the cost of software per computer and multiple computers.
We've found it to be a Trojan, located in C:\windows\system32\drivers, file size 11,776
it slows me down

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Summary: Average user rating of spools.exe: based on 8 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks spools.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 6 users think spools.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving spools issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with spools. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the spools.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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