What is EXIFToolBar.dll?

The genuine EXIFToolBar.dll file is a software component of ArcSoft RAW Thumbnail Viewer by ArcSoft.
EXIFToolBar.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to ArcSoft RAW Thumbnail Viewer, a program that let users view RAW image thumbnails. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. ArcSoft RAW Thumbnail Viewer is a simple freeware program designed for Windows that lets users preview RAW (unprocessed images) through their Windows Explorer in the same way JPEG or PNG images can be previewed through thumbnails. ArcSoft, Inc. is an American company that develops solutions in photo and video imaging. ArcSoft software is currently used in devices ranging from smartphones to tablets, PCs, smart TVs, digital cameras and more. The company was founded in 1994 and is currently headquartered in Fremont, California.

ExIFToolBar stands for Exchangable Image Format ToolBar Module

EXIFToolBar.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 EXIFToolBar Module.

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EXIFToolBar.dll file information

The process known as EXIFToolBar Module belongs to software ArcSoft RAW Thumbnail Viewer or EXIFToolBar Module by ArcSoft (

Description: EXIFToolBar.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The EXIFToolBar.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 65,536 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 9519AF7E-638D-4933-BAD6-D33D23C79FE5. The program has no visible window. The file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. The EXIFToolBar.dll file is not a Windows core file. EXIFToolBar.dll is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of ArcSoft RAW Thumbnail Viewer (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify EXIFToolBar.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as EXIFToolBar.dll. Therefore, you should check the EXIFToolBar.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If EXIFToolBar Module 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

I am NOT tech savvy. This was installed as part of my downloading RAW Thumbnail Viewer, which I use rarely to help manage RAW (i.e. uncompressed) digital photo files. I honestly haven't used it in quite awhile, and don't know if the thumbnail viewer is functional without the toolbar, but I'd love to remove the toolbar if I knew I could still use the viewer.
  Michael Burns  

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Best practices for resolving EXIFToolBar issues

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