How to remove the Network License Configuration DLL malware

Some anti-malware programs classify api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: e.g. TROJ_TRACUR.SMB or TROJ_TRACUR.SMWX (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan.Win32.Searches.gc or Trojan.Win32.BHO.brrl (detected by Kaspersky). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Network License Configuration DLL software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about Network License Configuration DLL and how to get rid of it.

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Api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll file information

The process known as Network License Configuration DLL or Dynamic Link Run Time Library (VCL MT) appears to belong to software Network License Configuration or Borland C++ Builder by Inprise (

Description: Api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 184,320 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 244,224 bytes. 
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 9B347D1A-CE2E-5CCF-7A81-38DEFB270868 or 0F5DB605-E2E5-4D0A-B54D-CFE822D44189 or 6 more variants. The program has no visible window. The file is able to monitor web browsers. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous.

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If api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 427,520 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 356,864 bytes. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll, for example TROJ_TRACUR.SMB or TROJ_TRACUR.SMWX (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan.Win32.Searches.gc or Trojan.Win32.BHO.brrl (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Network License Configuration 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.


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Best practices for resolving api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the api-ms-win-core-misc-l1-1-032.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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