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What is the SDHelper.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 SDHelper.dll process is also known as SBSD IE Protection or, as the case may be, Blocks URLs that could install spyware, malware etc and is a part of Spybot - Search & Destroy (Version 2) or, as the case may be, Internet Explorer integration. This software is produced by Safer Networking (security.kolla.de). An obsolete or defective version of SDHelper.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 SDHelper.dll SBSD IE Protection

SDHelper.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. SDHelper.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\ or, as the case may be, in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME" - in most cases C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,879,896 bytes (73% of all these files), 3,214,392 bytes as well as 13 other variants.
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 53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. This file can analyze your Internet behavior, since it acts like an Internet Explorer plug-in. For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. SDHelper.dll is no part of Microsoft Windows. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. SDHelper.dll is capable of track other applications as well as interpret keystrokes. 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 SDHelper.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 SDHelper?

is part of SpybotSD (tool for spybot removal)
Anti Spyware Software. Spybot Search and destroy
This is a file from Spybot; but, it crashes my browser all the time! Wft! Spybot used to be a great program, but it sucks anymore!! (further information...)
WTF Spybot!

Summary: 156 users judge SDHelper.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. 7 users consider it harmless. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 3 users have already deleted SDHelper.dll. source: file.net

How to uninstall Spybot - Search & Destroy or Internet Explorer integration

SDHelper.dll SBSD IE Protection fix

To remove SBSD IE Protection 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 Spybot - Search & Destroy or Internet Explorer integration in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if SDHelper.dll (SBSD IE Protection) 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 SBSD IE Protection. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for SBSD IE Protection 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 SDHelper.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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