How to remove the spoolv virus

Most antivirus programs identify spoolv.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Buzus.ygg or not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win64.BitCoinMiner.a, and Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/IRCbot.gen!Z.

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Spoolv.exe file information

The spoolv.exe process does not have any vendor information.

Description: Spoolv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Spoolv.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 55,808 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 143,872 bytes or 214,528 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. Spoolv.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices). Spoolv.exe is not a Windows system file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Spoolv.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 98% dangerous.

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If spoolv.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 376,832 bytes. The application has no file description. Spoolv.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file.

Important: You should check the spoolv.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.


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Best practices for resolving spoolv issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active spoolv process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the spoolv.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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