What is Alert.dll?

The genuine Alert.dll file is a software component of Conduit Toolbar by Conduit.
Conduit Toolbar is an online platform that lets users develop custom toolbars, web and mobile applications. Alert.dll is a link library that is a associated with the toolbar. This program is regarded as a PUA (potentially unwanted application). Removal is recommended. The Conduit Toolbar lets users quickly create applications that can be distributed through the Conduit App Marketplace. The online service caters to over 260,000 clients and has been responsible for the creation of over one million apps. The toolbar is known to have both browser hijacking and rootkit capabilities and is described as malware. Conduit Ltd. is an Israeli company that sells online services, most notably the DIY mobile application platform called Como. The company primarily provides its services to small and medium-sized companies that enable them to create, manage and promote mobile applications. Conduit was founded in 2005 by Ronen Shilo, Dror Erez, and Gaby Bilcyzk. The company was one of the largest Internet businesses in Israel during its time, before selling off Como to Perion Network in 2013.

Alert stands for Conduit Community Alerts

Alert.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 Alert.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Alert.dll file information

The process known as Conduit Community Alerts appears to belong to software Conduit Community Alerts or VIA Audio Driver Setup Program by Conduit (

Description: Alert.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Alert.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 326,168 bytes (59% of all occurrences), 326,680 bytes, 313,880 bytes, 317,976 bytes or 315,416 bytes. 
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. The program has no visible window. The Alert.dll file is a Verisign signed file. The Alert.dll file is digitally signed. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows system file. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. Alert.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ VIA Audio Driver Setup Program.

Recommended: Identify Alert.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Alert.dll. Therefore, you should check the Alert.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

Alert.dll appears to have been included in the installation of eMusic download manager, found at in Dec of 2008.
  Bobby   (further information)
alert.dll is part of Conduit Community Alerts developed by Conduit Ltd, located in %ProgramFiles%\conduit\community alerts\alert.dll
Conduit Community Alerts. I recommend to delete this file unless you like the Conduit toolbar.
  John   (further information)
My malware program flagged it as an item and I deleted it.
  Frank Smith  
It's called the police virus in The Netherlands
Norton said it was a low-risk security threat and removed it.
norton power eraser recognizes it as dangerous. If it's not essential, just delete what's unsafe

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Alert.dll: based on 11 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 2 users think Alert.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade Alert.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Alert issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Alert. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Alert.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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