What is asoehook.dll?

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

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Asoehook.dll file information

The process known as AntiSpam OE Hook belongs to software Symantec Shared Component or Norton AntiSpam or Norton Internet Security (version 2006) or Norton 360 Premier Edition or Norton Security Suite or Add-On Pack or AGEIA PhysX Engines by Symantec (

Description: Asoehook.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Asoehook.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder—e.g. C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AntiSpam\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 419,696 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 415,088 bytes and 20 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. The asoehook.dll file is a Verisign signed file. The program is not visible. It is certified by a trustworthy company. There is no detailed description of this service. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Asoehook.dll is not a Windows core file. Asoehook.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You may want to do the following:
  • get help from the software vendor Norton
  • find out if there is a newer version available
  • uninstall the software Norton Internet Security or Norton AntiSpam using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify asoehook.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as asoehook.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the asoehook.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

I use Norton's so I will keep for now
Norton Spam Blocker. Not very harmful at all.
Norton's internet security plug in.
Norton Internet Security 2010
Norton Anti-Spam...useless.
Kill it if you don't use Outlook Express.
Part of Norton antispam running with outlook express
Norton Antispam no harm
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Summary: Average user rating of asoehook.dll: based on 23 votes with 9 reviews. 20 users think asoehook.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving asoehook issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with asoehook. 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 asoehook.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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