What does the IeHelper.exe file do?
The IeHelper.exe process is also known as TubeDimmer or, as the case may be, SpyAlert and is a part of WatchDog. This software is produced by WatchDog. An obsolete or defective version of IeHelper.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- TubeDimmer has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- TubeDimmer 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)
- IeHelper.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module IeHelper.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about IeHelper.exe TubeDimmer
IeHelper.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. IeHelper.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 429,944 bytes (33% of all these files), 252,536 bytes, 251,768 bytes, 426,872 bytes or, as the case may be, 430,736 bytes.
The file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This IeHelper.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. For this reason, 43% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A IeHelper.exe file has a 42% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 427,656 bytes. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
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 IeHelper.exe. 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 IeHelper?
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 WatchDog
To remove TubeDimmer 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 WatchDog in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if IeHelper.exe (TubeDimmer) 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 TubeDimmer. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for TubeDimmer 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 IeHelper.exe 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.