What is dsWebAllow.dll?

DsWebAllow.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 Windows Desktop Search Web Allow BHO.

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DsWebAllow.dll file information

The process known as Windows Desktop Search Web Allow BHO or DS Web Allow BHO belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Windows Desktop Search by Microsoft (

Description: DsWebAllow.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file dsWebAllow.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 265,432 bytes (84% of all occurrences), 265,504 bytes or 101,592 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 2F85D76C-0569-466F-A488-493E6BD0E955. The program is not visible. The file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The file has a digital signature. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with dsWebAllow.dll, you may also do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dsWebAllow.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the dsWebAllow.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Windows Desktop Search Web Allow BHO 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

Windows Desktop Search Tool - used to index and search through pdf's, emails, etc, etc.
global internet search engine
  Richard L Parker  
Browser Helper Object BHO Extension of Desktop search (which takes a couple of days to index all your files)
not a virus, its just a search for your computer files..

Summary: Average user rating of dsWebAllow.dll: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think dsWebAllow.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 dsWebAllow issues

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