How to remove the CMWIE.dll malware

Some anti-malware programs classify CMWIE.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Application.Generic.386968 or Application.Generic.382149 (detected by BitDefender), and WS.Reputation.1 (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 CMWIE.dll 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 CMWIE.dll and how to get rid of it.

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CMWIE.dll file information

There are no author's data about the CMWIE.dll process.

Description: CMWIE.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. CMWIE.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,323,008 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 1,232,896 bytes or 1,351,680 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 B72681C0-A222-4b21-A0E2-53A5A5CA3D41. The application has no file description. The program has no visible window. It is able to monitor web browsers. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify CMWIE.dll related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name CMWIE.dll, for example Application.Generic.386968 or Application.Generic.382149 (detected by BitDefender), and WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the CMWIE.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If CMWIE.dll 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

Adware. Very annoying. Located in C:\Program Files\Content Management Wizard\\CMWIE.dll

Summary: Average user rating of CMWIE.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving CMWIE issues

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