How to remove the Template malware

Some anti-malware programs classify bho.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Application.Generic.408068 or Adware:W32/BHO (detected by F-Secure), and ADW_ADKUBRU (detected by TrendMicro). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Template 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 Template and how to get rid of it.

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Bho.dll file information

The process known as Template or Finjan Secure Browsing Extension or GamePlayLabs Browser Helper Object or vfd.dll or sl.dll or McAfee Script Scanner Inproc Server DLL or DocuShare Client SDK library or Endeavors AppExpress Client

belongs to software Lexmark Printable Web or MTWB or Add-ons Framework or Finjan Secure Browsing or SelectionLinks or 2YourFace or VideoFileDownload or McAfee VirusScan Enterprise or GamePlayLabs Plugin

by MTWB ( or Finjan LTD or GamePlayLabs or OutBrowse or SelectionLinks or VideoFileDownload or Network Associates ( or Endeavors Technology or Xerox (

Description: Bho.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file bho.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 180,224 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 138,752 bytes and 33 more variants. 
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 1808648B-3102-4293-8AD3-06AF71D3321B or 78839ABD-14B9-11D4-BA68-00104BC6425F or 37 more variants. The program has no visible window. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The file is not a Windows system file. The service has no detailed description. The process has no file description. Bho.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. 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 bho.dll, you can also remove the entire program Lexmark Printable Web or Lexmark using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify bho.dll related errors

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name bho.dll, for example Application.Generic.408068 or Adware:W32/BHO (detected by F-Secure), and ADW_ADKUBRU (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the bho.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Template 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

Some are legitimate BHO
  Iris Kilpatrick  
bho module
Finjan SecureBrowsing provides you with safety ratings of URLs showing in your browser.
  Newman   (further information)
Panda Antivirus block BHO.dll everytime i start my laptop, i am running Windows Vista. The program are under C:\Program Files\SGPSA and i cant delete it. Don´t know if it is a real virus ore not
  Ronny Pelizzoli  
related to ie3sh
  abdalaziz muhammad  
It is related to Fast Browser Search / Make the Web Better / My Web Tattoo.
C:\Program Files\SGPSA\BHO.dll
This is def a spyware. It controls IE and other counter parts of the OS. I am on vista nad am trying to delete it
bho.dll is a module belonging to an advertising program by BHO. This module monitors your browsing habits and distributes the data back to the author's servers for analysis. This also prompts advertising popups.
  Mike   (further information)
This is linked to Lexmark s300 printer on my PC. Installed with Lexmark install CD.
It's causing Explorer.exe to crash , just search registry , remove the path and the corresponding file bho.dll

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of bho.dll: based on 19 votes with 11 user comments. 7 users think bho.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 5 users think bho.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade bho.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving bho issues

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

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