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.
The process known as Template or GamePlayLabs Browser Helper Object or Finjan Secure Browsing Extension or vfd.dll or sl.dll or Lexmark Printable Web or McAfee Script Scanner Inproc Server DLL
belongs to software Lexmark Printable Web or MTWB or Add-ons Framework or SelectionLinks or 2YourFace or VideoFileDownload or Finjan Secure Browsing or GamePlayLabs Plugin or McAfee VirusScan Enterprise
by MTWB (www.make-the-web-better.com) or GamePlayLabs or OutBrowse or Finjan LTD or SelectionLinks or VideoFileDownload or Network Associates (nai.com).
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 (49% of all occurrences), 138,752 bytes and 28 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 829CAB51-A4EA-4a15-87B6-4B7D0747939C or 7632ABCA-B104-4fbc-9C70-419C4147061B or 33 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 77% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If bho.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 78% dangerous. The file size is 3,309,568 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 2,243,072 bytes and 13 more variants. The program is not visible. The bho.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The file is not a Windows core file. The application has no file description. The service has no detailed description. Bho.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet.
If bho.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 182,456 bytes. Bho.dll is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The bho.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. It is digitally signed. There is no detailed description of this service. Bho.dll is not a Windows core file.
If bho.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 92% dangerous. The file size is 159,744 bytes.
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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 ▾
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.