Win XP Print Spooler – Can you help?
I’m on a labor of love — trying to restore a computer in the synagogue office following a malware attack.Repeated application of Spybot and SuperAntiSpyware along with many detections by AVG and lots of reboots eventually removed all traces of malicious software. But the original attack seems to have killed printing. All the printers seemed to have disappeared and the print spooler task quits as soon as I try to add a printer. There are lots of suggestions for this issue on the Internet. They follow a common theme: remove all traces of printer drivers and software from the computer, make sure the spooler task doesn’t have any unexpected dependencies and set the task to automatically restart. None of it worked. I also checked that the dates and file size on spoolsvr.exe matched another computer. Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted. I’m trying to avoid reinstalling Windows. (Didn’t Windows 98 and earlier allow you to do a repair install so you didn’t have to reinstall all your applications? Why not newer versions?). It’s Windows XP Pro SP3. Thanks.