How to remove the Alcohol malware

The clbcate.dll file is a software component of Rootkit.Win32.Podnuha.ip.
Clbcate.dll has been reported as a trojan, a malicious computer program designed for the Windows platform. The worm can remotely execute programs and run commands, use a keylogger to track keyboard entries, send data across networks and spread copies of itself. Bitsprx.dll is known to steal user passwords and personal data by allowing hackers access to the computer. If you find yourself a victim of identity theft, please follow these steps: Inform your bank or financial institution that you are a victim of identity theft so that they may monitor your accounts or change and/or change your account numbers. Change all stolen passwords only from a clean computer. Changing passwords from the same infected computer may not be an effective solution as the new password will likely be stolen again. Use a dedicated anti-virus or anti-malware software to scan and clean the infected computer.

clbcate stands for Trojan.Win32.BHO.abo

Most antivirus programs classify clbcate.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: e.g. Infostealer.Bzup (detected by Symantec), and Trojan.Win32.BHO.agz (detected by F-Secure). 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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Clbcate.dll file information

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

Description: Clbcate.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Clbcate.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 98,048 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 84,992 bytes, 96,768 bytes, 88,064 bytes or 95,744 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 C4E7998C-BD12-4EC8-86E1-9F3EF0F2E504 or E8C7812C-3283-40A5-BD6A-361D9481172A or 5 more variants. The program is not visible. The clbcate.dll file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. Clbcate.dll is not a Windows system file. The software has no file description. clbcate.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify clbcate.dll related errors

Important: You should check the clbcate.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.


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Best practices for resolving clbcate issues

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