What is interceptor.dll?

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

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Interceptor.dll file information

The process known as API Interceptor belongs to software Interceptor DLL by Tenebril (

Description: Interceptor.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file interceptor.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 184,320 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 176,128 bytes or 20 bytes. 
The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). The file is not a Windows system file. Interceptor.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as interceptor.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the interceptor.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.


User Comments

DLL C:/WIndows/system32/interceptor.dd
safe nesessery for tenebril gostsurf
Teil eines Spywareprogramms von Tenebril Inc
L├Ądt Trojaner nach! Startet Startdrv.exe

Summary: Average user rating of interceptor.dll: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think interceptor.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks interceptor.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving interceptor issues

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

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