What is the 12bar.dll component needed for?Simply stated, a DLL file is an unnamed executable file. It cannot be directly invoked, but it can be called by any executable Windows program.
The 12bar.dll process is also known as MindSpark Toolbar Platform and is a part of MindSpark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox. This software is produced by MindSpark. An obsolete or defective version of 12bar.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- MindSpark Toolbar Platform has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- MindSpark Toolbar Platform has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- 12bar.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module 12bar.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about 12bar.dll MindSpark Toolbar Platform
12bar.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. 12bar.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 872,008 bytes (25% of all these files), 689,552 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
This DLL file is a browser plug-in. This could mean that your Internet Explorer has been given additional useful capabilities. However, not all such plug-ins are worthwhile. Some just display advertisements or surreptitiously change your browser settings. The unique identifer of the browser plug-in is 0214754e-4e7d-4589-829d-e2523e6a3085. This 12bar program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The file attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. The 12bar file is not part of the Windows operating system. The 12bar file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. 12bar.dll is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 56% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves 12bar.dll. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about 12bar?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall MindSpark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox
To remove MindSpark Toolbar Platform from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for MindSpark Toolbar Platform for Internet Explorer and Firefox in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if 12bar.dll (MindSpark Toolbar Platform) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of MindSpark Toolbar Platform. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for MindSpark Toolbar Platform or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or 12bar.dll is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.