What is iehelper.dll? Should I remove it?

iehelper.dll – is a Browser Helper Object that starts each time you launch Internet Explorer

iehelper.dll is a file that might be running in the background when the Internet Explorer web browser is used. Initially, it may look like a file that belongs to the web browser itself due to its name. However, several different programs can use it, and some of them are considered to be malicious. Therefore, if you found it on your PC, it is important to find out which software it belongs to and remove it if it is a part of spyware.

Name iehelper.dll
Type Browser Helper Object
Issues Might be a part of spyware: it might be used for gathering personal information without permission
Removal Uninstall the related app (you can use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or another security tool to delete malware)
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Browser Helper Object (in this case, a Dynamic Link Library file) is a type of plugin for Internet Explorer that provides additional functions for the associated program. Many add-ons for the browser used to employ these objects and, while most were used for legitimate purposes, some BHOs might be quite malicious. In fact, adware and spyware, if such is present on the device, would most commonly use these DLL files.

In this case, iehelper.dll might be associated with many potentially unwanted or even malicious applications and add-ons, including:

  • AOL toolbar
  • Advanced System Optimizer
  • Win32.StartPage.np
  • ShopNavSearch
  • URKBlaze.

In most of these cases, the BHO can be used for spying and transfer potentially sensitive user information to unknown parties. This is why iehelper.dll removal is highly recommended if it is a part of one of the programs listen below. The easiest way to do so is by scanning the device with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or another reputable anti-malware. Cleaning web browsers is also highly advised – you can employ ReimageIntego to do it quickly.

The item is launched each time you open internet Explorer automatically and is running in the background as long as the session is active. Keep in mind that there are several legitimate apps, such as Kensington MouseWorks, that could be using this object for legitimate purposes.

Thus, before you remove the BHO, you should always check which app it belongs to. If you are not completely sure, you should scan your computer with security software or upload the file for analysis online – Virus Total is one of the engines you could easily use using drag-and-drop function.

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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