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What is the contributeieplugin.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 contributeieplugin.dll process is also known as Contribute IE Plugin or, as the case may be, /Adobe Contribute (Version CS3/contributeieplugin.dll, CS4/contributeieplugin.dll) and is a part of Contribute or, as the case may be, Adobe Creative Suite (Version 5 Master Collection, 5 Master, 6 Master Collection, 2, 5 Web Premium, 5 Production Premium, 4 Master). This software is produced by Adobe Systems (www.adobe.com). An obsolete or defective version of contributeieplugin.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 contributeieplugin.dll Contribute IE Plugin

contributeieplugin.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file contributeieplugin.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 118,784 bytes (55% of all these files), 136,560 bytes as well as 4 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 074C1DC5-9320-4A9A-947D-C042949C6216. This contributeieplugin.dll process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. Contributeieplugin.dll can analyze your Internet behavior, since it acts like an Internet Explorer plug-in. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. The contributeieplugin file is not part of the Windows operating system. For this reason, 73% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A contributeieplugin.dll file has a 48% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". In this case, the file size is usually 136,560 bytes. This contributeieplugin program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. It attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. 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. It 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 contributeieplugin.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 contributeieplugin?

It came with Adobe flash CS3
Used by adobe c3, not sure what it does exactly
This isn't a danger as it's an official adobe file
Simon
Part of adobe CS3 web premium. (further information...)
Lantay77
It's use by adobe contribute CS3
Chosela

Summary: 5 users judge contributeieplugin.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted contributeieplugin.dll. source: file.net

How to uninstall Contribute or Adobe Creative Suite

contributeieplugin.dll Contribute IE Plugin fix

To remove Contribute IE Plugin 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 Contribute or Adobe Creative Suite in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if contributeieplugin.dll (Contribute IE Plugin) 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 Contribute IE Plugin. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Contribute IE Plugin 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 contributeieplugin.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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