What is Gears.dll?

The genuine Gears.dll file is a software component of Google Gears by Google.
Gears.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to Google Gears, a project that added more features to web browsers enabling more powerful applications. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that adds program functionality to Microsoft's Internet Explorer and other Internet browsers. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Google Gears was initially released on May 31, 2007. The software was freely available and was an open source project created for the Windows, Linux, and Mac OS platforms. Google Gears was discontinued in 2010 after plans were made to integrate the capabilities of Gears into a new web standard called HTML5. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph.D. students at Stanford. Google has since grown into one of the biggest companies in the world, offering hundreds of services, including webmail (Gmail), cloud storage (Google Drive), office software (Google Docs) and social networking services (Google+). Alexa, which provides web traffic data, lists Google as the world's most visited website. Its popularity has led to huge media coverage, including a major critique of the company over copyright, censorship, and privacy issues. Google is headquartered in Googleplex, Mountain View, California, USA.

Gears stands for Google Gears

Gears.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 Gears for the tubes.

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Gears.dll file information

The process known as These are the Gears that power the tubes! :-) belongs to software Google Gears or Gears by Google (

Description: Gears.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The Gears.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,121,728 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 2,097,152 bytes and 11 more variants. 
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 E0FEFE40-FBF9-42AE-BA58-794CA7E3FB53 or 57CC507B-E60F-46E3-A6BC-678074531620. The program is not visible. Gears.dll is able to monitor web browsers. Gears.dll is not a Windows core file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Gears.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using Gears.dll, you may want to uninstall Google Gears software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If Gears.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 202,240 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The file is able to monitor web browsers. Gears.dll is not a Windows system file.

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

a firefox extension, has been known to cause firefox to freeze up when clicked on
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Summary: Average user rating of Gears.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Gears issues

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