What is spoolsv.exe? 5 ways to see if it’s safe.

What is spoolsv.exe?

spoolsv.exe runs the Windows OS print spooler service. Any time you print something with Windows this important service caches the print job into memory so your printer can understand what to print. If the print spooler is running you can usually see it in the bottom right Windows notification area. Just right click it to stop the spooling, and exit the .exe so it will no longer use resources on your PC.

spoolsv.exe Microsoft Windows spoolsv.exe Properties

Publisher: Microsoft Windows

spoolsv.exe stands for Print Spooler Service.

What does spoolsv.exe do?

Provides graphic card software downloads.

Is spoolsv.exe safe? 5 easy ways to see if spoolsv.exe is safe or malware.

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Why does spoolsv.exe access the network?

While investigating spoolsv.exe with the GlassWire network security monitor on our devices based in Austin, TX USA we found it connects to IP addresses on our local network. It didn’t ever seem to want to access the Internet at all. spoolsv.exe seems to always be one of the first apps that access the network with GlassWire. We found blocking the app with GlassWire’s firewall was fine as long as you don’t plan on printing anything successfully.

App All apps 400 KB/s spoolsv.exe 192.168.0.1 24.3 KB 65.2 KB 26 Jul 27 Jul 28 Jul 29 Jul 30 Jul 31 Jul 1 Aug 24 Hours Week Month 3 Hours 5 Minutes All Apps Traffic Graph Usage Things Firewall Alerts GlassWire spoolsv.exe GlassWire Control S… Host Process for Wi… 642.9 KB 386.6 KB 129.4 KB 48.4 KB 90.1 KB 21 KB 727 B 30 KB Windows Explorer 31.3 KB 6.7 KB Background Task H… Spooler SubSystem… Device Association F… 24.7 KB 48.4 KB 6.4 KB 16.3 KB 12.2 KB 30 KB Download/Upload H… System 48.4 KB 16.3 KB 12.2 KB 30 KB

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