What is ie_kikin.dll?

The genuine ie_kikin.dll file is a software component of kikin plugin by kikin.
ie_kikin.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to the kikin plugin, a browser extension designed to help users search faster without the need to copy and paste. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that adds functionality to the Internet Explorer. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. kikin lets users long click on any text anywhere in their browsers to display instant search results and answers in a small popup. kikin automatically adjusts results according to the type of content. For example, long clicks on words will return definitions and synonyms while long clicks on addresses will return a map. kikin Inc. is a technology startup founded in 2008 by Carlos Bhola, Gerald Kropitz, and Andreas Ruehrig. The company develops software for context-based online searches and solutions for delivering it to the end-user. Currently, the software is available for Android, iOS and Google Chrome.

ie_kikin stands for Internet Explorer Kikin plugin

Ie_kikin.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 kikin plugin.

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Ie_kikin.dll file information

The process known as kikin plugin belongs to software kikin plugin by kikin (

Description: Ie_kikin.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ie_kikin.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 429,784 bytes (19% of all occurrences), 429,800 bytes and 26 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 E601996F-E400-41CA-804B-CD6373A7EEE2. The program is not visible. The ie_kikin.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. The file has a digital signature. The service has no detailed description. Ie_kikin.dll is not a Windows system file. Ie_kikin.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of ie_kikin.dll, you may also want to do the following:

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

Across all ThreatExpert reports, the file "ie_kikin.dll" has never been identified as a threat.
  Jokis   (further information)
Ich hab alle Verwandten Programme entfernt, der Prozess existiert jedoch immer noch!

Summary: Average user rating of ie_kikin.dll: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks ie_kikin.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ie_kikin issues

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

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