"splwow64.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

What is the "splwow64.exe" process on windows 7? Is the "splwow64.exe" process a virus? Can I terminate the "splwow64.exe" process?

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A

"splwow64.exe" process represents "Print driver host for 32bit applications" program.

"splwow64.exe" process is normally running under the parent process "Boot" as shown in the process tree below:

Boot
   splwow64

On the Processes tab of "Task Manager", "splwow64.exe" process may be listed as:

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
splwow64.exe              8,596 K   Print driver host for 32bit applications

Additional information about "splwow64.exe" process:

Command line:
   C:\windows\splwow64.exe 8192

Programe file information:
   Name: splwow64.exe
   Location: C:\windows\splwow64.exe
   Description: Print driver host for 32bit applications
   Version: 6.1.7601.17777 (win7sp1_gdr.120210-1503)
   Size: 67072 bytes
   Last modified: 2/11/2012 1:36:01 AM
   Company Name: Microsoft Corporation
   
Some data files used:
C:\Windows
C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\x64\3\en-US\UNIDRVUI.DLL.mui
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\KernelBase.dll.mui
C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\x64\3\hpcm7756.BUD

Some registry keys used:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SESSION MANAGER
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale\Alternate Sorts
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Language Groups
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll
C:\windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
C:\windows\system32\ADVAPI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\msvcrt.dll
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\sechost.dll
C:\windows\system32\RPCRT4.dll
C:\windows\system32\USER32.dll
C:\windows\system32\GDI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\LPK.dll

"splwow64.exe" process is not a virus. You should not terminate "splwow64.exe" process.

 

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