What is the ShellHook.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 ShellHook.dll process is also known as TODO: Dateibeschreibung or, as the case may be, QuickTest Professional and is a part of TODO: Produktname or, as the case may be, VIPRE Internet Security. This software is produced by TODO: Firmenname or, as the case may be, Mercury Interactive (www8.hp.com/us/en/software/enterprise-software.html). An obsolete or defective version of ShellHook.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- ShellHook.dll has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ShellHook.dll 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)
- ShellHook.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ShellHook.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about ShellHook.dll ShellHook.dll
ShellHook.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file ShellHook.dll is found in the Windows Temp directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 70,656 bytes (66% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 34,304 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 ShellHook file is not part of the Windows operating system. 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. ShellHook.dll has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. ShellHook.dll is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 82% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A ShellHook.dll file has a 58% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 39,488 bytes (60% of all these files), 57,344 bytes or, as the case may be, 264,584 bytes. The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The ShellHook file is not part of the Windows operating system. It can log which software you are running at any particular time. ShellHook.dll is capable of log keyboard entries.
- A ShellHook.dll file has a 72% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 42,104 bytes. The ShellHook file is not part of the Windows operating system. ShellHook.dll 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 ShellHook.dll process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. 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 does not supply any version information or other description. For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. ShellHook.dll is capable of interpret keystrokes.
- A ShellHook.dll file has a 58% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 46,592 bytes.
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 ShellHook.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 ShellHook?
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Summary: 7 users judge ShellHook.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. For this reason, one user has already deleted ShellHook.dll. source: file.net
How to uninstall TODO: Produktname or VIPRE Internet Security
To remove ShellHook.dll 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 TODO: Produktname or VIPRE Internet Security in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if ShellHook.dll (ShellHook.dll) 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 ShellHook.dll. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ShellHook.dll 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 ShellHook.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.