How to remove the Alcohol malware

Most antivirus programs classify ci.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example Rootkit.Win32.Podnuha.bpv or Rootkit.Win32.Podnuha.byb (detected by Kaspersky), and Infostealer.Bzup or Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Alcohol 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 Alcohol and how to get rid of it.

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Ci.dll file information

The process known as Alcohol (version 120%) belongs to software Alcohol (version 120%) by Alcohol Soft Development Team (

Description: Ci.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ci.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 96,256 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 93,184 bytes, 116,480 bytes, 95,744 bytes or 101,632 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 0E43764F-8B00-4F11-8B10-EA749A8A287D or 7D0A4DF8-C6E4-44AD-AB6C-4A97028CCF6F or 6 more variants. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Ci.dll is able to monitor web browsers. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. There is no information about the author of the file. Therefore the technical security rating is 84% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify ci.dll related errors

Important: You should check the ci.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Alcohol 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

This is a required file for windows to boot properly.
  Thranx   (further information)
It's part of Google Updater
  Larry   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of ci.dll: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks ci.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving ci issues

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