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What is the sahook.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 sahook.dll process is also known as SiteAdvisor and is a part of McAfee SiteAdvisor or, as the case may be, McAfee SecurityCenter. This software is produced by McAfee (www.mcafee.com). An obsolete or defective version of sahook.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 sahook.dll SiteAdvisor

sahook.dll is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file sahook.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 18,376 bytes (19% of all these files), 11,552 bytes as well as 12 other variants.
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. 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. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. Sahook.dll was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. Sahook.dll is capable of record keystrokes. sahook.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, 47% 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 sahook.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 sahook?

McAfee SiteAdvisor software helps take the guesswork out of Web security. (further information...)
Siva Bala
Service provided by McAfee antivirus, provides the user with information about potentially dangerous websites that they are visiting. (further information...)
Ross

Summary: 2 users judge sahook.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall McAfee SiteAdvisor or McAfee SecurityCenter

sahook.dll SiteAdvisor fix

To remove SiteAdvisor 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 SiteAdvisor or McAfee SecurityCenter in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

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