What is dlprotect.dll?

Dlprotect.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 SpywareGuard Download Protection.

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Dlprotect.dll file information

The process known as SpywareGuard Download Protection belongs to software SpywareGuard or SpywareGuard Download Protection by unknown.

Description: Dlprotect.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file dlprotect.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 192,512 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 4A368E80-174F-4872-96B5-0B27DDD11DB2. The application has no file description. The program has no visible window. Dlprotect.dll is able to monitor web browsers. The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. dlprotect.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with SpywareGuard occur, you can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dlprotect.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the dlprotect.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SpywareGuard Download Protection 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

java cool spyware real time protector
  Matt M  
Protects against spyware
Best in combination with Spywareblaster, not dangerous, protects from spyware
Protects your browser against hijacks and bad Active X installs.
  Robert   (further information)
THE BEST free spyware protector
Like the others have stated - Supposed to: Protects against spyware and Protects your browser against hijacks and bad Active X installs. Never had any problems with this. There is no recent updates because of this: its detection abilities are heuristics in nature. Meaning, it does need to update as often as others (See Link:
  o-)   (further information)
very good light peice of free software to block autodownloading viruses
Protects well in conjunction with Spyware Blaster.
Installed by SpyWare Guard, protect you against web browsers hijackers, not dangerous and very useful.

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Summary: Average user rating of dlprotect.dll: based on 13 votes with 9 user comments. 11 users think dlprotect.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving dlprotect issues

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