What is HardlinkShellExt.dll?

HardlinkShellExt.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if HardlinkShellExt.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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HardlinkShellExt.dll file information

The process known as Link Shell Extension or HardLink DLL belongs to software Link Shell Extension or HardLink Dynamic Link Library by Hermann Schinagl.

Description: HardlinkShellExt.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file HardlinkShellExt.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 559,304 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 538,824 bytes and 7 more variants. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows core file. HardlinkShellExt.dll is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with HardlinkShellExt.dll, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramLink Shell Extension or Hardlink Shell Extension
  2) ask the developer, Priv, for assistance
  3) check if there is a newer version available.

Recommended: Identify HardlinkShellExt.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HardlinkShellExt.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HardlinkShellExt.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Link Shell Extension (LSE) provides for the creation of Hardlinks , Junctions , Volume Mountpoints , and Windows7's Symbolic Links...
  francis   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of HardlinkShellExt.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks HardlinkShellExt.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving HardlinkShellExt issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HardlinkShellExt. 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.

To help you analyze the HardlinkShellExt.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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