How to get rid of the hosts-bho VirusSometimes the hosts-bho file may cloak a virus, for example BitDefender found Adware.Generic.649205, as well as Kaspersky found not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Agent.yx. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with hosts-bho.dll
The hosts-bho.dll process is also known as hosts BHO and is a part of hosts. This software is produced by Alex or, as the case may be, Irismedia. An obsolete or defective version of hosts-bho.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- hosts BHO has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- hosts BHO 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)
- hosts-bho.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module hosts-bho.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about hosts-bho.dll hosts BHO
hosts-bho.dll is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Hosts-bho.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 748,032 bytes (94% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 598,528 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 11111111-1111-1111-1111-110311531182. The file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. This file attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Hosts-bho.dll is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 58% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
Attention: If you find hosts-bho.dll on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about hosts-bho?
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 hosts
To remove hosts BHO 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 hosts in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if hosts-bho.dll (hosts BHO) 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 hosts BHO. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for hosts BHO 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 hosts-bho.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.