What is GoogleAE.dll?

The genuine GoogleAE.dll file is a software component of Sample code for GoogleAFE by Google.
"GoogleAE.dll" is the sample code for the GoogleAFE add-on within Windows. The file redirects the user to a specific website when they mistype a web address. This sample code file is customizable by any third-party program and is used by many software applications. It is included in select Dell systems, but it is often manually installed by the user specifically or by Google browser toolbars. Google began in 1996 with the motive to improve searches through better algorithms, while providing better quality searches through page ranking. Today, Google is one of the top search engines in the world and hosts millions of servers worldwide.

GoogleAE stands for Google Address Error

GoogleAE.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 GoogleAFE.dll.

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GoogleAE.dll file information

The process known as GoogleAFE.dll belongs to software Sample code for GoogleAFE or Google AFE or URL Assistant by Google (

Description: GoogleAE.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. GoogleAE.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 90,112 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 CA6319C0-31B7-401E-A518-A07C3DB8F777. The program is not visible. The GoogleAE.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. It is not a Windows core file. The service has no detailed description. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of GoogleAE.dll, you may also want to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Google AFE or URL Assistant).

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


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Best practices for resolving GoogleAE issues

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