What is the HardlinkShellExt.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 HardlinkShellExt.dll process is also known as Link Shell Extension and is a part of Link Shell Extension. This software is produced by Hermann Schinagl. An obsolete or defective version of HardlinkShellExt.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Link Shell Extension has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Link Shell Extension 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)
- HardlinkShellExt.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module HardlinkShellExt.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about HardlinkShellExt.dll Link Shell Extension
HardlinkShellExt.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file HardlinkShellExt.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 559,304 bytes (30% of all these files), 538,824 bytes as well as 5 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. It 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. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The service has no characteristics or description of its own. This is unusual. The HardlinkShellExt file is not part of the Windows operating system. HardlinkShellExt.dll is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 68% 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 HardlinkShellExt.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 HardlinkShellExt?
|Link Shell Extension (LSE) provides for the creation of Hardlinks , Junctions , Volume Mountpoints , and Windows7's Symbolic Links... (further information...) |
Summary: One user judges HardlinkShellExt.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall Link Shell Extension
To remove Link Shell Extension 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 Link Shell Extension in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if HardlinkShellExt.dll (Link Shell Extension) 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 Link Shell Extension. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Link Shell Extension 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 HardlinkShellExt.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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