How to remove the winspool virus

Most antivirus programs identify winspool.dll as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.PurityScan.en, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.Purityscan.

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Winspool.dll file information

The process winspool.dll contains no information about its author.

Description: Winspool.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file winspool.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 81,920 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The winspool.dll file is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). Therefore the technical security rating is 89% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify winspool.dll related errors

Important: You should check the winspool.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If winspool.dll has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

These should not be messed with..
Winspool.dll is a Dynamic Link Library file created by Windows, located in the C:\Windows\System32. Winspool.dll belongs to the Windows Printer Spooler and helps your computer complete various print functions.

Summary: Average user rating of winspool.dll: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks winspool.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving winspool issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active winspool process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the winspool.dll 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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