What is goodsearch.dll?

The genuine goodsearch.dll file is a software component of GoodSearch Toolbar by GoodSearch.
The Goodsearch.dll is a Dynamic Link Library, a repository of information required by the program to store program code, data, and resources. GoodSearch a browser plugin which uses Yahoo's Bing search engine to find and support your favorite charities. Many anti-malware programs report this file as adware, but according to the developer and many users, it is harmless. GoodSearch was founded in November 2005 by siblings, Ken and JJ Ramberg. It generates a lot of ad revenue, much of which is donated to thousands of non-profit organizations and charities worldwide.

GoodSearch stands for GoodSearch Toolbar

Goodsearch.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 GoodSearch Toolbar.

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Goodsearch.dll file information

The process known as GoodSearch Toolbar or goodsearch belongs to software GoodSearch Toolbar or goodsearch by GoodSearch ( or

Description: Goodsearch.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Goodsearch.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,806,336 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 1,797,120 bytes or 1,461,248 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 4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-95BA-ED6DB186BE32. The program has no visible window. It is able to monitor web browsers. There is no detailed description of this service. Goodsearch.dll is not a Windows system file. Goodsearch.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with goodsearch.dll, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramGoodSearch Toolbar or goodsearch.

Recommended: Identify goodsearch.dll related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving goodsearch issues

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