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What is the IadHide5.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 IadHide5.dll process is also known as IAdHide and is a part of BackWeb IAdHide or, as the case may be, Windows Safety Alert. This software is produced by BackWeb (www.backweb.com). An obsolete or defective version of IadHide5.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about IadHide5.dll IAdHide

IadHide5.dll is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. IadHide5.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME" or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or, as the case may be, in the Windows Temp directory or, as the case may be, in a subdirectory of C:\Windows - mainly C:\windows\temp\ respectively C:\Documents and Settings\*username*\Local Settings\Temp\. The file size is 24,613 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. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. The IadHide5 file is not part of the Windows operating system. 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. IadHide5.dll is capable of record keystrokes. IadHide5.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, 67% 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 IadHide5.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 IadHide5?

Backweb files generally related to autoupdating software. Could be harmless, could be harmful depending on host application.
Sebastian A.
Part of Backweb, used for obtaining software updates
DSO Exploit support file
F-Secure Backweb component
Seems to allow adware on to your PC, when u quarantine the file it just comes back on start up which probably means it is getting started by some other program, I deleted it manually in safe mode

Summary: 32 users judge IadHide5.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. 15 users consider it harmless. However, 25 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 23 users have already deleted IadHide5.dll. source: file.net

How to uninstall BackWeb IAdHide or Windows Safety Alert

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To remove IAdHide from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for BackWeb IAdHide or Windows Safety Alert in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if IadHide5.dll (IAdHide) 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 IAdHide. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for IAdHide 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 IadHide5.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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