What is HomepageProtection.dll?

HomepageProtection.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 Homepage Protection.

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HomepageProtection.dll file information

The process known as Homepage Protection belongs to software Homepage Protection by AOL Products.

Description: HomepageProtection.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The HomepageProtection.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 120,104 bytes (95% of all occurrences) or 128,360 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 ABD3B5E1-B268-407B-A150-2641DAB8D898. The program is not visible. HomepageProtection.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The HomepageProtection.dll file is certified by a trustworthy company. HomepageProtection.dll is not a Windows core file. The HomepageProtection.dll file is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with HomepageProtection.dll, you can also uninstall Homepage Protection or waol from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program or use the software publisher's support site.

Recommended: Identify HomepageProtection.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HomepageProtection.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HomepageProtection.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Homepage Protection 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 HomepageProtection issues

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