What is hl.dll?

Hl.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 hl.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Hl.dll file information

The process known as HomePage or HomePageProtector appears to belong to software HomePage by EMOTIONSOFT or MGID Investment.

Description: Hl.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Hl.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 73,728 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 736,256 bytes, 62,976 bytes or 64,864 bytes. 
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. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. It is not a Windows core file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Hl.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 93% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramHomePage or HomePageProtector.

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If hl.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 736,768 bytes. The process has no file description. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. It is not a Windows core file. Hl.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name hl.dll, for example Mal/Generic-S (detected by Sophos), and Artemis!F85C6D10C793 (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the hl.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.


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Best practices for resolving hl issues

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

To help you analyze the hl.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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