What is the arcext.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 arcext.dll process is also known as WinAce-Archiver Shell Extension and is a part of WinAce-Archiver. This software is produced by e-merge GmbH (www.winace.com). An obsolete or defective version of arcext.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WinAce-Archiver Shell Extension has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WinAce-Archiver Shell Extension 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)
- arcext.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module arcext.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about arcext.dll WinAce-Archiver Shell Extension
arcext.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file arcext.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (as a rule C:\Program Files\WINACE\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 166,912 bytes (50% of all these files), 165,888 bytes, 163,328 bytes or, as the case may be, 162,304 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 arcext 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 service has no characteristics or description of its own. This is unusual. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. For this reason, 66% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A arcext.dll file has a 66% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 166,912 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 112,640 bytes. Arcext.dll 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. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. The arcext file is no part of Microsoft Windows.
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 arcext.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 arcext?
|Used by WinAce to allow you to right-click in Explorer to perform archiving functions |
|Commercial file compression util. (further information...) |
|WinAce file. Not dangerous |
|Makes right click SLOW (further information...) |
|It's a part of WinAce-Archiver. (further information...) |
Summary: 4 users judge arcext.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall WinAce-Archiver
To remove WinAce-Archiver Shell Extension 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 WinAce-Archiver in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if arcext.dll (WinAce-Archiver Shell Extension) 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 WinAce-Archiver Shell Extension. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WinAce-Archiver Shell Extension 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 arcext.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.