How to remove the Helper Module malware

Some anti-malware programs classify Helper.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Trojan.Downloader.Autolive.A or Trojan.Generic.2393248 (detected by BitDefender), and Adware:W32/CnsMin or Trojan.Downloader.Autolive.A (detected by F-Secure). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Helper Module software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about Helper Module and how to get rid of it.

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Helper.dll file information

The process known as Helper Module or Helper Dynamic Link Library or distribution or rt.dll or helperup

appears to belong to software Browser Helper Object or Helper Module or ScreenSnaperGadget or rt.bho or com.bho or distribution or

by DCUtility (

Description: Helper.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The Helper.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 290,816 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 282,636 bytes and 14 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 00D13CE9-1879-41bd-B8A3-EA3CB1BD01BC or AE1AA4FA-C3A2-4c33-90CD-69DD021A35C8 or 4 more variants. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. Helper.dll is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. The Helper.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. Helper.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 78% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Helper.dll related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name Helper.dll, for example Trojan.Downloader.Autolive.A or Trojan.Generic.2393248 (detected by BitDefender), and Adware:W32/CnsMin or Trojan.Downloader.Autolive.A (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the Helper.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

dun know
  sjms   (further information)
could be dangerous but i thinks its to do with bt browser
  sean A (UK)  
Known info stealing trojan
It is a trojan used to access your e-mail passwords and then send spam to your mailing lists.
  Mharcus Stark  
it was a trojan picked up by stinger, it could not be repaired so I hunted it down in system32 and deleted it. That knocked by internet connection out. Now I have another problem,in getting a connection renewd or repaired. It all started with the rouge scanner Security essentials 2010.

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Summary: Average user rating of Helper.dll: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users think Helper.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Helper issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Helper. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 Helper.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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