What is the APSHook.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 APSHook.dll process is also known as Application Protection Hook and is a part of Bioscrypt VeriSoft Single Sign On or, as the case may be, Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools. This software is produced by Bioscrypt (l1id.com) or, as the case may be, Cognizance (www.cognizancesecurity.com). An obsolete or defective version of APSHook.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Application Protection Hook has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Application Protection Hook 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)
- APSHook.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module APSHook.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about APSHook.dll Application Protection Hook
APSHook.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file APSHook.dll is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 56,832 bytes (35% of all these files), 70,144 bytes, 76,048 bytes, 76,560 bytes or, as the case may be, 81,680 bytes.
This so-called dynamic link library (DLL) contains all the functions that have been transferred to a separate file. These transferred functions are available not only to this particular program, but can also be used by other applications. The file also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. This APSHook.dll process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The service has no characteristics or description of its own. This is unusual. The APSHook file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: AppInit_DLLs). You may uninstall the related program using Windows Control Panel. APSHook.dll is capable of log keyboard entries as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 63% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A APSHook.dll file has a 55% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 89,872 bytes (90% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 89,856 bytes. The file also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: AppInit_DLLs). The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. APSHook.dll is capable of log keyboard entries as well as supervise programs.
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 APSHook.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 APSHook?
| With the company where I work, when ever you try to send an email it uses asphook.dll |
|It is installed with Bioscrypt VieriSoft manager. And if you use your fingerprint device with verisoft access manager to logon to windows, applications or webpages then you need this file. (further information...) |
|This is software delivered by the manufacturer of notebook |
|this is asus prote of Notebook Security |
Summary: 2 users judge APSHook.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall Bioscrypt VeriSoft Single Sign On or Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools
To remove Application Protection Hook from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Bioscrypt VeriSoft Single Sign On or Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if APSHook.dll (Application Protection Hook) 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 Application Protection Hook. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Application Protection Hook 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 APSHook.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.
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