What is ExpatIE.dll?

The genuine ExpatIE.dll file is a software component of ExpatShield by AnchorFree.
ExpatIE.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to ExpatShield, a security program that lets users browse anonymously protect their personal information. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file is a BHO (Browser Helper Object) that adds functionality for Internet Explorer. This file is not a critical Windows component and can be removed if known to create problems. ExpatShield protects user identity, browsing location, browsing history, and removes traces of Internet searches. It also secures computers on WiFi networks from hackers trying to steal information such as credit card and social security numbers. ExpatShield lets users hide their IP address and makes content available only in certain countries accessible from anywhere in the world. AnchorFree is an American company that develops and distributes virtual private networks (VPNs) for safe web browsing. It offers software based on the freemium model - free to download and use but with advertising. Paid versions contain no ads. The company was founded by David Gorodyansky in 2005. AnchorFree currently has over 20 million monthly subscribers. It is headquartered in Mountain View, California, USA.

ExpatIE stands for ExpatShield BHO for Internet Explorer

ExpatIE.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 ExpatIE.dll.

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ExpatIE.dll file information

The process known as ExpatIE.dll belongs to software Expat Shield by AnchorFree (

Description: ExpatIE.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ExpatIE.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 233,288 bytes (97% of all occurrences) or 232,696 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 3706EE7C-3CAD-445D-8A43-03EBC3B75908. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The file is digitally signed. There is no detailed description of this service. ExpatIE.dll is not a Windows system file. The file is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could remove the entire program Expat Shield using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify ExpatIE.dll related errors

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

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This file is related to the Anchorfree /ExpatShield Commercial Proxy Service. Expatshield is a service which allows one to access a private British VPN network, not free "proxies".

Summary: Average user rating of ExpatIE.dll: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving ExpatIE issues

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