What does the plugin_extra.m32 file do?
The plugin_extra.m32 process is also known as BitDefender Active Virus Control Plugin - EXTRA or, as the case may be, BitDefender BehavioralScanner Plugin - EXTRA and is a part of BitDefender Total Security (Version 2011) or, as the case may be, BitDefender Antivirus Pro (Version 2011). This software is produced by BitDefender S.R.L. Bucharest, ROMANIA (www.bitdefender.com). An obsolete or defective version of plugin_extra.m32 can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- BitDefender Active Virus Control Plugin has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- BitDefender Active Virus Control Plugin 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)
- plugin_extra.m32 has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module plugin_extra.m32. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about plugin_extra.m32 BitDefender Active Virus Control Plugin
plugin_extra.m32 is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file plugin_extra.m32 is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 166,912 bytes (66% of all these files), 176,128 bytes or, as the case may be, 106,496 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 file 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. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The service has no characteristics or description of its own. This is unusual. The plugin_extra file is not part of the Windows operating system. Plugin_extra.m32 is capable of record keystrokes. 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 plugin_extra.m32. 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 plugin_extra?
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 BitDefender Total Security or BitDefender Antivirus Pro
To remove BitDefender Active Virus Control Plugin 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 BitDefender Total Security or BitDefender Antivirus Pro in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if plugin_extra.m32 (BitDefender Active Virus Control Plugin) 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 BitDefender Active Virus Control Plugin. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for BitDefender Active Virus Control Plugin 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 plugin_extra.m32 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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