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MS Security Hotfix = "Spoolsvc32.exe" a valid registry entry or virus?

Posted on 2004-09-26
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I have an Acer Laptop, running XP Home and notice a Registry Entry that I can't find any information for.
Has anyone seen this in HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run, and ../RunServices:
       MS Security Hotfix             "Spoolsvr32.exe"
I could not actually find the file on the C: drive.
SPOOLSV.EXE is running in processes.
Is it legit or some form of virus/trojan?
Ad-Aware SE Personal does not flag it, neither does Mcafee VirusScan.


Many thanks.
Lisa
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carrot999
MS do not issue hotfixes that operate in this way.
This is almost certainly a trojan of some description.

You have probably unwittingly downloaded something nasty.

This link (largely courtesy of COBOLDinosaur) contains everything you need to know about spyware, scumware, adware, hijacked home pages etc and the tools you need to get rid of them:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Browser_Issues/Q_20975384.html


Cheers

JamesDS
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Hi Lisa

I checked my regedit and couldn't find anything called spoolsvr32.exe. The Print process you have called spoolsv.exe is the correct process for the Print Spooler - so that's no problem. If you do a google search for 'spoolsvr' a few sites come up - all in German though (which are all regarding printing and nothing with regards to viruses, etc.) Maybe it is just another name for the Print Spooler? If your computer isn't having any problems (like it's infected by a virus or something) I'd just ignore it!


Kellie
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Thanks Kellie,
Its reassuring to have my suspicions confirmed.  Appreciate your speedy assistance.

Cheers, Lisa
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