Most antivirus programs identify bridge.dll as malware—for instance Microsoft identifies it as PWS:Win32/Briss or LoudMarketing.Bridge/WinFavorites (threat-c), and Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan-Spy.Win32.Briss.c or Trojan-Spy.Win32.Briss.i.
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Description: Bridge.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Bridge.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder (common is C:\windows\system32\ or C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\).
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (95% of all occurrences) or 31,232 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 9C691A33-7DDA-4C2F-BE4C-C176083F35CF. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Bridge.dll is able to monitor web browsers. The service has no detailed description. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
It is possible to remove the entire program Bridge using Windows Control Panel.
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If bridge.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 53% dangerous. The file size is 57,344 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file.
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Important: You should check the bridge.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with bridge. 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 bridge.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.