What is KVShell.dll?

The genuine KVShell.dll file is a software component of Jiangmin Antivirus KV by Jiangmin Co..
KVShell.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that is associated with Jiangmin Antivirus KV, a security program that protects computer systems against online threats. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Jiangmin Antivirus KV offers protection against viruses, trojans, worms, backdoor installers, spyware, browser hijackers, and hackers. The latest version introduces new features such as System Security Management, Security Assistant, Anti-Trojan for Webpages, Auto Update for Windows, patches for Microsoft Office, a real-time Stream Monitor, and much more. The Jiangmin New Branch Technology Co., Ltd. (also known as Jiangmin Science and Technology) was founded in 1996 and is currently based in Beijing, China. The company primarily focuses on the development of their flagship KV Antivirus.

KVShell stands for Jiangmin Antivirus KV Shell Plugin

KVShell.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 Shell Plugin.

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KVShell.dll file information

The process known as Shell Plugin belongs to software Jiangmin Antivirus Sofeware or Jiangmin Shell by Jiangmin Co. (

Description: KVShell.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The KVShell.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 733,184 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 663,552 bytes and 4 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 80BF4637-D65B-43F3-BB60-C5DD3D5FB7B9. The program has no visible window. The KVShell.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows core file. KVShell.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Is a chinese AntiVirus,KV2004's process
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Summary: Average user rating of KVShell.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks KVShell.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving KVShell issues

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