What is the DownloadHelper.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 DownloadHelper.dll process is also known as IE Download Helper Plugin and is a part of IE Download Helper. This software is produced by IE Download Helper. An obsolete or defective version of DownloadHelper.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- IE Download Helper Plugin has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- IE Download Helper Plugin 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)
- DownloadHelper.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module DownloadHelper.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about DownloadHelper.dll IE Download Helper Plugin
DownloadHelper.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. DownloadHelper.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 628,224 bytes (58% of all these files), 619,520 bytes, 657,544 bytes or, as the case may be, 626,688 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 FF2573AE-E1ED-40e1-83BA-F544CB2EE135. The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This file can analyze your Internet behavior, since it acts like an Internet Explorer plug-in. The service has no characteristics or description of its own. This is unusual. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. DownloadHelper.dll is capable of interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 63% 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 DownloadHelper.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 DownloadHelper?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall IE Download Helper
To remove IE Download Helper Plugin 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 IE Download Helper in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if DownloadHelper.dll (IE Download Helper 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 IE Download Helper Plugin. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for IE Download Helper 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 DownloadHelper.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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