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What is the mcapfbho.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 mcapfbho.dll process is also known as McApfBHO and is a part of McAfee AntiPhishing Filter BHO. This software is produced by McAfee (www.mcafee.com). An obsolete or defective version of mcapfbho.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 mcapfbho.dll McApfBHO

mcapfbho.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Mcapfbho.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 348,160 bytes (52% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 262,236 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 41D68ED8-4CFF-4115-88A6-6EBB8AF19000. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Mcapfbho.dll attaches itself to Internet Explorer, the standard Windows browser, possibly in order to monitor surfing activity. For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. The mcapfbho file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. For this reason, 66% 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 mcapfbho.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 mcapfbho?

This is a component of McAfee SpamKiller. This application effectively filters spam and prevents it from coming into your e-mail. It monitors POP3, MAPI, and MSN Hotmail using both rule based and list based filtering.

Summary: One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall McAfee AntiPhishing Filter BHO

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To remove McApfBHO 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 McAfee AntiPhishing Filter BHO in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

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