How to remove the Deskalerts malware

The deskbar.dll file is a software component of Windows Search by Microsoft.
Deskbar.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that is part of Windows Search, a freeware addon for Windows operating systems that lets users search for items on their computer through a search bar located on the desktop. 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. Windows Search works by indexing files on the computer, that is, keeping a database of their properties and paths to make them easily searchable. Windows Search was initially released as Windows Desktop Search and offered as a freeware addon for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Searches could be done with the Advanced Query Syntax. The program is currently in version 4.0 and is bundled with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, is the world's largest software maker with respect to revenue. Microsoft is best known for Windows. The company quickly rose to fame and fortune following the success of its 1986 public share offering turning three people into billionaires and an estimated 12,000 Microsoft employees into millionaires. Microsoft is currently based in Redmond Campus, Redmond, Washington, USA.

Deskbar stands for Windows Search Deskbar

Some anti-malware programs classify deskbar.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Adware.Generic.129823 or Adware.Softomate.BM (detected by F-Secure), and CoolDeskAlert (detected by Sophos). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Deskalerts 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 Deskalerts and how to get rid of it.

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Deskbar.dll file information

The process known as Deskalerts or Deskalerts belongs to software Deskalerts or Notification Utility and Search or BLANKWORKS by Deskalerts ( or or Softomate.

Description: Deskbar.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Deskbar.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 446,464 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 475,136 bytes, 548,864 bytes, 1,486,848 bytes or 520,192 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 15C36C1A-7D2D-445d-AD32-5900CAF38C0C or 0F233D99-B03A-4c4d-8CAB-D14ACE8671AD or 7 more variants. The program is not visible. Deskbar.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with deskbar.dll, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Programmvi or Searchkut Deskbar.

Recommended: Identify deskbar.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as deskbar.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Adware.Generic.129823 or Adware.Softomate.BM (detected by F-Secure), and CoolDeskAlert (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the deskbar.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Deskalerts 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 is a Tool by Searchkut to search easily from your desktop. It doesnt contain any tracking software. Its is of no harm. It is only Helpfull for you to search
Desktop Alert Software
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Summary: Average user rating of deskbar.dll: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think deskbar.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving deskbar issues

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