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What is the smumhook.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 smumhook.dll process is also known as smumhook.dll and is a part of Spyware Doctor or, as the case may be, PC Tools Internet Security (Version 2009). This software is produced by PC Tools (www.pctools.com). An obsolete or defective version of smumhook.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 smumhook.dll smumhook.dll

smumhook.dll is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Smumhook.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\ or, as the case may be, in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 146,312 bytes (34% of all these files), 142,728 bytes as well as 5 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 possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The file does not supply any version information or other description. Smumhook.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 smumhook.dll process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. The service has no characteristics or description of its own. This is unusual. This file is no part of Microsoft Windows. For this reason, 57% 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 smumhook.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 smumhook?

Ungefährlich (Spyware Doctor)
Supposed to be a PC Tools file
Henry
Why does it get linked in with a program build in Visula Studio 2005?
The process belongs to the software Spyware Doctor by PC Tools. File smumhook.dll should be a Verisign signed file. (further information...)
Cypher
looks like a Spyware Doctor component, still don't trust it!
Tjaart

Summary: 4 users judge smumhook.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted smumhook.dll. source: file.net

How to uninstall Spyware Doctor or PC Tools Internet Security

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To remove smumhook.dll 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 Spyware Doctor or PC Tools Internet Security in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

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