What is BCShellEx.dll?

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

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BCShellEx.dll file information

The process known as Beyond Compare belongs to software Beyond Compare Shell Extension by Scooter Software (

Description: BCShellEx.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. BCShellEx.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 97,792 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 98,816 bytes and 6 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 program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. BCShellEx.dll is not a Windows system file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with BCShellEx.dll, you can also uninstall the software Beyond Compare or Beyond Compare ƒo�[ƒWƒ‡ƒ“ using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

Used by Beyond Compare 2 to add right-click functionality to Explorer
  Troy   (further information)
Provided context file selection in filemanager. Can not be ended.
  peter r   (further information)
It was installed when I installed BeyondCompare and probably provides integration with MS File Explorer.
  cfrito   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of BCShellEx.dll: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks BCShellEx.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade BCShellEx.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving BCShellEx issues

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

To help you analyze the BCShellEx.dll 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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