What is Bartshel.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Bartshel.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Bartshel.exe file information

The process known as BartShell Module belongs to software PeoplePC BartShell Module by PeoplePC (

Description: Bartshel.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Bartshel.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 151,552 bytes (84% of all occurrences) or 176,472 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Bartshel.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Bartshel.exe related errors

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

it pops up after I have loggef off
removal of bartshel.exe
Seems in Peoplepc software ver 6+ and then effects Old Vers if used
it putts my cpu usage at 100% and I dont know how to get around it
I have peoplepc and just recently received the BartShel error and can't even go online with my computer. I have confronted peoplepc with a half dozen phone calls and they haven't corrected my problem at all.
  Gerald Alexander  
Malicious intent pops up when I go online
  E. R. McPhail  
I know that it has consistently tied up anywhere from 50 to 100 % of the cpu. And when i ended the task, it created problems for me to shut down.
I find it to be a browser hijacker for adware
im having problems with it, dont like it
  Alvin H. Yoder  
if it closes down my comuter and tells me I must do something about it. Sounds like a virus to me
It seems to be shutting down my computer. After removing People pc software and trying to re-install it, it won't do a complete install. Looking to dump PeoplePC.
I have been talking with tech support at peoplepc and much like a lot of the rest of you bartshel.exe was making my cpu max 100% according to peoplepc bartshel.exe is for scripting on your home page apparently peoples new version is not compatible with my computer.(thats if you believe what they say) they gave me an address to download an older version of software which i did bartshel.exe still present but cpu now runs at about 8% when online
Stop the script with NAV when it pop-up; browse with Explorer or Mozilla. Listo! PS I requested People-PC service for more than 45 minutes; they did not solve anything and yet I had to reinstall the windows in my box.
  Juan Rojas   (further information)
Leave the pop up alone. Move it to the bottom of your screen and forget it. PeoplePC will load and function correctly.
  Rufus Alexander TallWalker  
it looks like being a part of PeoplePC 's software
I have had problems with the bartshell module and have come up with a solution that has worked for me. When you connect to people pc go to the task manager and click the processes tab. Then find the bartshell exe that is using all the cpu, click on it and click the button end task. ppc page will go away but you are still connected. Your cpu useage will decrease dramatically
  Timothy Boyd  
Think it may be connected to
  Sheri Warren  
It's part of peoplePC software, you can use windows connection wizard and a direct dialling setting to bypass the software if you would prefer.
It just started with me about a week ago when I wasn't having problems connecting, and then I had a bad connection problem not getting on the web AT ALL.
  Lisa Henrich  
I system restored from Internet 7? with the tabs back to the prior version and my BartShell Module Error is gone and my Homepage with peoplepc is back
I have problems getting online through my provider PeoplePC because of this BartShell Module. I've notified PeoplePc and all I received by e-mail is to go to "". Okay, now they haven't realized I can't even get or stay online.
"Bartshell" notice comes up after connection to PeoplePc. I then go to "Start" and click "Internet Explorer" which takes me to the Net
Bartshel.exe is a program that peoplePC uses. Me and the wife just connected to peoplepc until we get our DSL back. When you bring up the logon to PPC screen and it finishes the log on it brings up the browser. if you go into Task Manager and hit end process on bartshell. The PPC browser closes. Bartshell.exe is harmless to your system other than using up a heck of alot of CPU.
It has disabled my computer operations online
Bartshel caused me to reinstall PeoplePC software version 6.3 to eliminate my problems encountered with on-line and close out situations
keeps logging me off of peoplpc can't pull up web pagers; also ready to dump peoplepc and i've been pepole pc user for 9 years
I have had trouble with the Bartshell garbage and have had to shut the machine down and restart. Upon rebooting the Bartshell garbage does not come on. Macafee says there are three files that are questionable, but when I click the Fix button, it does not fix the problem.
block scripts from Norton before installing Peoplepc. It will stop bartel
constantly trying to access my computer with no apparent positive function
problems with it ever since I went to peoplepc. looking to dump people pc. shuts my system down.
It won't let me get on line
  Shirley Bove  
It runs your cpu to 100% if you open internet explorer from the PPC homepage, but if once your connected to PPC, open your browser from the start menu or program files the cpu stays low
Bartshel.exe is software for "" customers who download their "Total Access" software
pops up everytime i log onto the internet through people pc now i've had issues with peoplepc before and have dumped them thaks goodness i'm getting ready to be done with dial up
My guess is it is something being tapped into from somwhere else and using peoplepc as a way to tap into . The problem could be in the peoplepc as a whole and they don't know how to deal with it.
My trouble started when windows internet 11 auto upgraded. My pc kept telling me that it was a script error in bartshel.exe in peoplepc. I had to restore to a date before my pc downloaded internet 11 and then change my setting to I approve all upgrades before they are downloaded and then I changed my internet window setting so that it will not auto upgrade. Click on the tool icon and then click on about internet explorer and then uncheck the auto install box. So far this is working.
  angie   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Bartshel.exe: based on 33 votes with 36 user comments. 2 users think Bartshel.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 10 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 11 users suspect danger. 6 users think Bartshel.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 12 users don't grade Bartshel.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Bartshel issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Bartshel. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Bartshel.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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