Johnny Matthews | Disable print-spooler in W10

The printer-spooler in Windows 10 is all kinds of fucked, and is a common entry-point for attackers into a W10 system. The best protection right now is to just turn it off until you need to print something. This was written on 22nd of July 2021.

Turn the print-spooler off

  1. Open a Command Prompt window with admin privilages.

  2. Run the following:

    net stop spooler && sc config spooler start=disabled
    
  3. You’re now safe from any print-spooler based attacks.

Turn it back on

  1. Open a Command Prompt window with admin privilages.

  2. Run the following:

    sc config spooler start=auto && net start spooler
    
  3. Print off your stuff, then immedietly run the disable command.

It’s a weird workaround, but it works.