How to remove the eDSshellExt virus

Most antivirus programs identify eDSshellExt.dll as malware.

The eDSshellExt.dll file is a software component of Acer eDataSecurity Management by Acer.
eDSshellExt.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that is associated with Acer eDataSecurity Management, a personal data encryption and decryption software. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file adds shortcut to the program via the right-click context menu. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Acer eDataSecurity Management lets users encrypt and then decrypt confidential data straight from the right-click menu. A master password may be specified in the event user forgets the passphrase required to encrypt files. This software requires the Acer Empowering Technology Framework already installed in order to function correctly. Acer was founded in 1976 by Stan Shih, Carolyn Yeh and five others as Multitech in 1976. It is a Taiwanese hardware and electronics giant that produces laptops, desktops, smart phones, displays, storage devices and peripherals. Acer was the fourth largest global vendor of personal computers in 2013 and generates an annual revenue of more than $16 billion. The company is headquartered in Xizhi, New Taipei City, Taiwan.

eDSShellExt stands for Acer eData Security Shell Extension Module

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EDSshellExt.dll file information

The process known as eDSshellExt Module or Shell Extension Module appears to belong to software Acer eDataSecurity Management or eDSshellExt Module by HiTRUST (

Description: EDSshellExt.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. EDSshellExt.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 27,136 bytes (93% of all occurrences) or 331,776 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. EDSshellExt.dll is not a Windows core file. The eDSshellExt.dll file is a file with no information about its developer. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with eDSshellExt.dll, you can do the following:

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Important: You should check the eDSshellExt.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Summary: Average user rating of eDSshellExt.dll: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks eDSshellExt.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving eDSshellExt issues

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