What is the sbhelp.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 sbhelp.dll process is also known as Desktop Sidebar and is a part of Desktop Sidebar. This software is produced by Idea2 (idea2.com). An obsolete or defective version of sbhelp.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Desktop Sidebar has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Desktop Sidebar 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)
- sbhelp.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module sbhelp.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about sbhelp.dll Desktop Sidebar
sbhelp.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file sbhelp.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\Desktop Sidebar\).
The file size is 278,528 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 45AD732C-2CE2-4666-B366-B2214AD57A49. You may uninstall the related program using Windows Control Panel. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It can analyze your Internet behavior, since it acts like an Internet Explorer plug-in. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. For this reason, 42% 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 sbhelp.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 sbhelp?
|Desktop Sidebar is an application that gives you a Longhorn-like sidebar on your screen. No spyware/virii here (further information...) |
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Summary: 3 users judge sbhelp.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall Desktop Sidebar
To remove Desktop Sidebar from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Desktop Sidebar in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if sbhelp.dll (Desktop Sidebar) 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 Desktop Sidebar. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Desktop Sidebar 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 sbhelp.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.