What is a2hooks32.dll?

A2hooks32.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if a2hooks32.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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A2hooks32.dll file information

The process known as Emsisoft Anti-Malware Behavior Blocker user mode hooks belongs to software Emsisoft Anti-Malware or Emsisoft Internet Security or Emsisoft Anti-Malware Behavior Blocker or Ashampoo Anti-Virus v by Emsisoft GmbH or Emsisoft ( or Emsi Software GmbH (

Description: A2hooks32.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The a2hooks32.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 202,744 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 199,136 bytes and 24 more variants. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. It is certified by a trustworthy company. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. A2hooks32.dll is able to manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with a2hooks32.dll, you can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Emsisoft Anti-Malware or Ashampoo Anti-Virus v. (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) ask Customer Support [1][2] to assist you
  3) update [1][2] the program.

Recommended: Identify a2hooks32.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as a2hooks32.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the a2hooks32.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

part of A-squared Anti-malware
  weyou   (further information)
part of Emsisoft Anti-Malware, an anti-virus and anti-spyware
  mee   (further information)
part of Emsisoft Mamutu which blocks malicious programs
  meetoo   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of a2hooks32.dll: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think a2hooks32.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving a2hooks32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with a2hooks32. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the a2hooks32.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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