How to remove the Addictive Technologies & Partners malware

Most antivirus programs classify ATPartners.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance BrowserModifier:Win32/Favoriteman (detected by Microsoft), and not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.F1Organizer.c (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 Addictive Technologies & Partners 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 Addictive Technologies & Partners and how to get rid of it.

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ATPartners.dll file information

The process known as Exclusive offers from Addictive Technologies & Partners appears to belong to software ATP by Addictive Technologies.

Description: ATPartners.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ATPartners.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 96,256 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 00000EF1-0786-4633-87C6-1AA7A44296DA. The ATPartners.dll file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. ATPartners.dll is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 76% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ATPartners.dll, you may also remove the entire program ATP using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify ATPartners.dll related errors

External information from Tony Klein:

Important: You should check the ATPartners.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Addictive Technologies & Partners 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

  Bart De Boeck   (further information)
browser hi jacker
It re installs itself in your computer after you reboot
Browser Hijacker
Hard to uninstall
It is a drive by install for KraMixer
    (further information)
Unauthorised installation & Atpartners.dll was created by Addictive Technologies, a new Mindset Interactive affiliate site that promotes and They've created a new Favoritman installer variant named ATPartners.dll which contains Addictive Technologies in its code along with all of the original FavoriteMan files
    (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of ATPartners.dll: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 5 users think ATPartners.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ATPartners issues

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

Other processes

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