What is the opt_out.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 opt_out.dll process is also known as Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out and is a part of Advertising Cookie Opt-out. This software is produced by Google (toolbar.google.com). An obsolete or defective version of opt_out.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out 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)
- opt_out.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module opt_out.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about opt_out.dll Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out
opt_out.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file opt_out.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 309,200 bytes (70% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 304,624 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 8E425EB4-ADBD-4816-B1E8-49BB9DECF034. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. As a plug-in of Windows Internet Explorer, this file has the ability to look over your shoulder as you browse the Web. This file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. For this reason, 30% 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 opt_out.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 opt_out?
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 Advertising Cookie Opt-out
To remove Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out 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 Advertising Cookie Opt-out in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if opt_out.dll (Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out) 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 Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Google Advertising Cookie Opt-out 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 opt_out.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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