Most antivirus programs classify dswave32.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Trojan.Win32.BHO.ahpx or P2P-Worm.Win32.Nugg.av (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_TRACUR.AT (detected by TrendMicro). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated dswave32.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 dswave32.dll and how to get rid of it.
dswave32.dll does not provide any particulars about the software with which the process was installed, nor is the developer identified within the file.
Description: Dswave32.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Dswave32.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 139,264 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 35,406 bytes, 19,692 bytes or 26,250 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 6DEEFB64-B786-4CBB-AB85-FF11CFA78058 or 4448226B-56D1-425B-9630-B85F6263FBEA or EFAF6A20-2D94-4B71-826C-EB8E079BC976 or 904ADD5C-EBBB-4621-8723-7C89ED789B03 or 0D809ECA-59B6-4F72-932E-899890DF3A15. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Dswave32.dll is able to monitor web browsers. Dswave32.dll is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 89% dangerous.
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If dswave32.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 92% dangerous. The file size is 193,536 bytes. There is no file information. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Dswave32.dll is able to monitor web browsers. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows core file.
Important: You should check the dswave32.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If dswave32.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 ▾
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active dswave32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the dswave32.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.