What is contributeieplugin.dll?

The genuine contributeieplugin.dll file is a software component of Adobe Creative Suite by Adobe Systems.
Contributeieplugin.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to Adobe Creative Suite, a bundled group of software programs featuring graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by Adobe. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The first Adobe Creative Suite was launched on September 1, 2003. The applications that bundled with the suite were Acrobat, After Effects, Audition, Adobe Bridge, Dreamweaver, Encore, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. The last version of Adobe Creative Suite 6 was released on May 7, 2012. It is now succeeded by Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American software giant that develops software products for web design, video editing, web hosting, image editing, servers, as well as formats such as Flash and PDF. The company was established in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnockin and is currently headquartered in San Jose, California.

ContributeIEPlugin stands for Contribute Internet Explorer Plugin

Contributeieplugin.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Contribute IE Plugin.

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Contributeieplugin.dll file information

The process known as Contribute IE Plugin or /Adobe Contribute (version CS3/contributeieplugin.dll, CS4/contributeieplugin.dll) or Adobe

belongs to software Contribute or Adobe Creative Suite (version 5 Master Collection, 5 Master, 6 Master Collection, 2, 5 Web Premium, 5 Production Premium, 4 Master) or Adobe Common File Installer or Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Contribute (version CS5, CS3) or Adobe Photoshop CS or Adobe Photoshop (version CS5, CS6, CS2) or Elements (version 9 Organizer)

by Adobe Systems (

Description: Contributeieplugin.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The contributeieplugin.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 118,784 bytes (53% of all occurrences), 136,560 bytes and 4 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 074C1DC5-9320-4A9A-947D-C042949C6216. The program is not visible. It is able to monitor web browsers. There is no detailed description of this service. Contributeieplugin.dll is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 73% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to remove the entire program Adobe CS3 or Adobe Contribute 4 using Windows Control Panel, visit the vendor’s support site [1][2] or verify that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify contributeieplugin.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as contributeieplugin.dll. Therefore, you should check the contributeieplugin.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Contribute IE Plugin 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

It came with Adobe flash CS3
Used by adobe c3, not sure what it does exactly
This isn't a danger as it's an official adobe file
Part of adobe CS3 web premium.
  Lantay77   (further information)
It's use by adobe contribute CS3
Part of Adobe Suite, Teil der Adobe Suite
  Jensuwe   (further information)
came with adobe cs3
It is installed as part of Adobe CS4 Masters Collection of products, see their site for a complete list of apps, there are too many to list here. It is not labeled as a threat by any of my other malware/spyware detectors, so I believe it's relatively safe, but It could lead to holes in security but I personally have not tested it to say for sure.
  Michael   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of contributeieplugin.dll: based on 11 votes with 8 user comments. 5 users think contributeieplugin.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks contributeieplugin.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade contributeieplugin.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving contributeieplugin issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active contributeieplugin process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the contributeieplugin.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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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