What is alot.dll?

Alot.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about alot.dll.

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Alot.dll file information

The process known as alot.dll belongs to software ALOT Toolbar or ALOT eMusic Toolbar by Miva ( or Vertro ( or

Description: Alot.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Alot.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 670,504 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 669,992 bytes and 19 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 5AA2BA46-9913-4dc7-9620-69AB0FA17AE7 or 8260C2B8-E0D1-448a-B062-33D12D468BF0 or 14CEEAFF-96DD-4101-AE37-D5ECDC23C3F6. The program is not visible. The file is able to monitor web browsers. It is not a Windows core file. The alot.dll file is a Verisign signed file. The alot.dll file is digitally signed. The service has no detailed description. Alot.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to get help from the software vendor Alot or completely remove ALOT Toolbar or ALOT eMusic Toolbar (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify alot.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as alot.dll. Therefore, you should check the alot.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If alot.dll has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

found installed on PC that would not load IE
  Sailen Patel  

Summary: Average user rating of alot.dll: based on 3 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks alot.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving alot issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active alot process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the alot.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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