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#1 wjr21


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Posted 06 March 2008 - 02:36 PM

I was wondering if anyone had every experienced this problem when a process called spoolsv.exe was continually running and taking up most of the CPU resources. I've cancelled the process and it returns, I know I could stop the spooler service from running however this user would not be able to print! I do understand that it is the Windows Spooler however is it a virus, or, do I have corrupt files in my Windows system files. This particular machine is running Win XP Pro SP2. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. This is my first post and I think this is one of the best forums I've subscribed to.



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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:00 PM

"Continually running"...many services run or stay in a run state as reflected by Task Manager.

What percentage of CPU resources is reflected for this service...right now (as reflected under Processes in Task Manager)?

I don't know why you want to cancel the process...that does nothing unless you attempting to print and want to stop it.

Maybe your printer needs new drivers (due to corruption or whatever)...that's the first step I would have tried (uninstall/reinstall).

From MS:

"Spoolsv.exe - You cannot end this process from Task Manager. • The spooler service is responsible for managing spooled print/fax jobs."

Have you done a thorough malware check?


Edited by hamluis, 06 March 2008 - 03:03 PM.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:10 PM

Do you have a print job in progress that didn't complete?

Edited by garmanma, 06 March 2008 - 03:15 PM.

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#4 wjr21

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:13 PM

The percentage ranges from 53 to 99%. I have not done a complete malware scan however I plan to do that right now. I do have SAV Client running on this machine however when I try and run a scan it shows as completed as soon as I start the scan. Because of this I believe it to be some type of virus or malware.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:15 PM

I did check and I do not have any jobs running on that printer.

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Posted 25 March 2008 - 10:22 AM

I ran into the same problem. Here's the solution that worked for me, thanks to tim's journal:

" Here's the fix. First, get some breathing room - go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services and stop the Print Spooler. Turn off the printer. Now go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\PRINTERS and delete the files there. I found '00020.SHD' and '00020.SPL'. Now turn your printer back on and restart the service. Check task manager, spoolsv.exe should be at 00%. Whew! "

Thanks, Tim! :thumbsup:

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