What is the ghook.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 ghook.DLL process is also known as Gizmo Hook Module and is a part of Gizmo Central. This software is produced by Arainia Solutions (arainia.com). An obsolete or defective version of ghook.DLL can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Gizmo Hook Module has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Gizmo Hook Module 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)
- ghook.DLL has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ghook.DLL. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about ghook.DLL Gizmo Hook Module
ghook.DLL is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Ghook.DLL is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 34,720 bytes (90% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 31,848 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. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. This file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. Ghook.DLL possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The ghook file can read anything that you enter on the keyboard. Ghook.DLL is capable of log keyboard entries. ghook.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, 73% 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 ghook.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 ghook?
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Summary: One user judges ghook.DLL to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall Gizmo Central
To remove Gizmo Hook Module from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Gizmo Central in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if ghook.DLL (Gizmo Hook Module) 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 Gizmo Hook Module. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Gizmo Hook Module 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 ghook.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.