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What is the asoehook.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 asoehook.dll process is also known as AntiSpam OE Hook and is a part of Symantec Shared Component or, as the case may be, Norton AntiSpam. This software is produced by Symantec (www.symantec.com). An obsolete or defective version of asoehook.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about asoehook.dll AntiSpam OE Hook

asoehook.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Asoehook.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder - mostly C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AntiSpam\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 419,696 bytes (25% of all these files), 415,088 bytes as well as 20 other variants.
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 asoehook 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 application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. Asoehook.dll does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Asoehook.dll possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. Asoehook.dll is capable of record keystrokes as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 48% 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 asoehook.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 asoehook?

Dies ist die Norton Antispam for Outlook Application (further information...)
Bricktop
there is a problem with running Outlook Express
CiChY
Norton Antispam no harm
Part of Norton antispam running with outlook express
bob
Kill it if you don't use Outlook Express.

Summary: 16 users judge asoehook.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall Symantec Shared Component or Norton AntiSpam

asoehook.dll AntiSpam OE Hook fix

To remove AntiSpam OE Hook from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Symantec Shared Component or Norton AntiSpam in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if asoehook.dll (AntiSpam OE 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 AntiSpam OE Hook. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for AntiSpam OE 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 asoehook.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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