Hooks.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 hooks.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.
Description: Hooks.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file hooks.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,248 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 156,672 bytes or 90,112 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. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. The hooks.dll file is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. Hooks.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 98% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If hooks.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 68% dangerous. The file size is 98,304 bytes. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. The hooks.dll file is not a Windows core file. Hooks.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hooks.dll. Therefore, you should check the hooks.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hooks. 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 hooks.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.