What is the dlprotect.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 dlprotect.dll process is also known as SpywareGuard Download Protection and is a part of SpywareGuard. This software is produced by unknown. An obsolete or defective version of dlprotect.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- SpywareGuard Download Protection has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- SpywareGuard Download Protection 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)
- dlprotect.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module dlprotect.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about dlprotect.dll SpywareGuard Download Protection
dlprotect.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file dlprotect.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\).
The file size is 192,512 bytes.
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 4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2. There is no internal description of the file. This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The file attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. Dlprotect.dll does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. To remove the file and its related software from your computer, click Programs in Control Panel dlprotect.dll appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 53% 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 dlprotect.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 dlprotect?
|java cool spyware real time protector |
|Protects against spyware |
|Best in combination with Spywareblaster, not dangerous, protects from spyware |
|Protects your browser against hijacks and bad Active X installs. (further information...) |
|THE BEST free spyware protector |
Summary: 10 users judge dlprotect.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net
How to uninstall SpywareGuard
To remove SpywareGuard Download Protection 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 SpywareGuard in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if dlprotect.dll (SpywareGuard Download Protection) 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 SpywareGuard Download Protection. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for SpywareGuard Download Protection 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 dlprotect.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.