What is BAE.dll?

The genuine BAE.dll file is a software component of Browser Address Error Redirector by Dell.
Distributed by Dell, this Browser Helper Object replaces the default Microsoft link that appears when a website link is invalid, and replaces it with a page produced by Dell that displays advertisements and pertinent information. If disabled or uninstalled, your browser will still function properly, but it will display either the Microsoft or Mozilla default page for any non-resolved address. Founded in 1984, Dell is located in Round Rock, Texas, and produces hundreds of different types of hardware and software for consumers and businesses alike. Worldwide, Dell employs over 100,000 people.

BAE stands for Browser Adress Error Redirector

BAE.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 BAE.dll.

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BAE.dll file information

The process known as BAE.dll belongs to software Browser Address Error Redirector or URL Assistant by Dell ( or Gateway ( or Your Company Name or Packard Bell or Sony (

Description: BAE.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. BAE.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 98,304 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 94,208 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 CA6319C0-31B7-401E-A518-A07C3DB8F777. The program is not visible. It is able to monitor web browsers. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  • get help from the software vendor Dell
  • check the vendor’s website for a newer version
  • uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramBrowser Address Error Redirector or URL Assistant

Recommended: Identify BAE.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BAE.dll. Therefore, you should check the BAE.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If BAE.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

It came preloaded with my dell pc
It takes a Google 404 page and directs it to a Dell Page stating the page has a problem and suggestions to correct. But it can be exploited by spyware to get past your firewalls
  James T Ford   (further information)
I don't know anything about this file
Customers have reported being re-directed to google's customer 404. After removing this file, this activity ceases. We blame Dell.
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your Internet browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as your browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware.
Came with my Dell computer with Windows Vista. (Internet Explorer 7) As James T Ford says i believe that it can be explotied by spyware to get past your firewall
used my by spyware to go by my firewall
I find it offensive. If I wanted to search, I would search. I don't need dell trying to "help" me find a site, just give me the 404!
It's just another Dell attempt to earn money from clicks. It basically bypasses your setting to "Do not search from the address bar" and searches anywyay. Most of the "related links" you see are not at all related to anything you entered in the address bar, so this is nothing more than advertising/hijacking. Disable it under "Manage Add-ons".
  Rodger Fields  
also found on Packard Bell computers
I can't see how to disable using "Manage Add-ons" like Rodger Fields suggested. I use firefox if that make any difference. Thanks
My Gateway used it to launch an advert for some back-up service on every boot. Annoying! I used 'autoruns' from MS sysinternals to stop it from auto-launching. Problem solved.
  Jim Miller   (further information)
removed by uninstalling Browser Address Redirector (on Gateway)
Dell spyware cashing in on your mistypes
  Rob Nob  
Disabling the Dell add-on didn't stop it so I renamed the file to bae.dll-old
Browser Helper Object. Found on Packard Bell, i removed it, no problems!
AVG security defines it as malware with a 4* rating. and has placed within the vault. This event was originally located on the Google desktop folders, I guess for the same reasons already indicated above (to replace 404 notices).

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of BAE.dll: based on 19 votes with 17 user comments. 2 users think BAE.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 5 users think BAE.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving BAE issues

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

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