How to remove the Give4Free Plugin malware

Most antivirus programs classify ibho.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: such as Adware.MediaPass (detected by Symantec), and Adware_WeatherC (detected by TrendMicro). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Give4Free Plugin 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 Give4Free Plugin and how to get rid of it.

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Ibho.dll file information

The process known as Give4Free Plugin belongs to software Give4Free Plugin or Internet Explorer Guide by Give4Free Plugin.

Description: Ibho.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ibho.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 34,304 bytes (97% of all occurrences) or 286,208 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 208E7E77-507A-4649-B0C9-D39E9049C7A2 or D60AB9BC-0ACF-4778-86D7-B991F2C6E48F. The program has no visible window. The ibho.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. Ibho.dll is not a Windows system file. ibho.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with ibho.dll, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramGive4Free Plugin or Internet Explorer Guide.

Recommended: Identify ibho.dll related errors

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Important: You should check the ibho.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Give4Free Plugin 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.


User Comments

It is an IE plugin, BHO
  Carl Gray  
I don't know if Give4free plugin is really a spyware. Because since windows is the only one installed on my computer, I saw it! And I didn't install anything else! I think it's ok to leave it as it.
Registers in anti-spyware programs as Adware. It can monitor online usage.

Summary: Average user rating of ibho.dll: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think ibho.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ibho issues

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