What is fdcatch.dll?

Fdcatch.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 FreshDownload Catcher Module.

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Fdcatch.dll file information

The process known as FreshDownload Catcher Module belongs to software FreshDownload or FreshDiagnose by FreshDevices (

Description: Fdcatch.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The fdcatch.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 201,728 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 452,608 bytes, 491,008 bytes, 212,480 bytes or 206,848 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 206E52E0-D52E-11D4-AD54-0000E86C26F6. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. Fdcatch.dll is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Fdcatch.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall FreshDownload or HijackThis from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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

Fresh Download 7.1 I.E, Netscape or Mozilla broswer exstension
Came from Fresh Download Manager
Kostenloser Downloadmanager
associated with fresh download
This programme may conflict with your MPG resident player when you try to play a tune from a link to a remote site.
This is an excellerated downloader, with a pause option. Alows you to continue to redownload or start all over again.
  MCSDT Certified  
FDCATCH.DLL is a browser integration tool which allows FreshDownload to take over downloads. It is optional.
  Faem   (further information)
Used to intercept downloads when you choose to use Fresh Download Manager as your default download manager
  Rider770   (further information)
It is an undeletable process  
it is good if you have to use dial up and want to download it keeps the file together
Fresh Download Manager integration for Internet Explorer only. The DLL is registered (and loaded) on reboot after installation. The option not to register is not given by installer, however the FAQ on the author's website (see 'further into') contains details on how to unregister the DLL.
  Scign   (further information)
I don't think it's malicious at all, but part of Fresh Download from Fresh Devices. Don't know how to delete it though.
  Lee Clarke   (further information)
Falsly accused to be ADWARE by SpywareBot. BitDefender V10 does not reveal fdcatch.dll as a thread.
It belongs to Freshdownload package, inside the program´s directory, and it´s only deleteable if you go into safe mode and do it manually.
Kostenloser Closed Source Download Manager
i deleted fdcatch.dll... if you've installed fresh download, then the fdcatch.dll file gets integrated into IE addons in the process of installation. what you do is this: fire up IE and then go to tools on the menu and click it. a dropdown menu will appear and on it will be "manage addons", put your mouse over it and then you'll see "enable or disable addons". it's in here where you'll find the "fdcatch.dll" file. Disable all the addons that have the "fdcatch.dll" connected to it. Restart your puter, find the fdcatch.dll file and you should be able to delete it.
... I'm not amused if I cannot delete fdcatch.dll - therefore thanks to Racer-X!
  Max Zeller  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of fdcatch.dll: based on 30 votes with 18 user comments. 16 users think fdcatch.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks fdcatch.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade fdcatch.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving fdcatch issues

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