How to remove the Extension malware

Most antivirus programs classify matrix.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example Trojan:Win32/BHO.AM (detected by Microsoft), and Adware_Cpvfeed (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 Extension 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 Extension and how to get rid of it.

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Matrix.dll file information

The process known as Extension or IE or BhoNew Module or TODO: File description appears to belong to software Extension or IE or BhoNew Module or TODO: Product name by TODO: Company name.

Description: Matrix.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Matrix.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 286,732 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 110,080 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 0CB66BA8-5E1F-4963-93D1-E1D6B78FE9A2. The program is not visible. The matrix.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. The service has no detailed description. The matrix.dll file is not a Windows core file. The file is a file with no information about its developer. Matrix.dll is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify matrix.dll related errors

Important: You should check the matrix.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Extension 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 gets reinstalled every time I remove it, I believe it generates popup ads.
  sick of it  
This file is Adware and can be found in \Program Files\Winbudget\bin. It replaces legitimate ad frames with (mostly explicit) content from Easy to remove. Source unknown.
It seems to be a backdoor that installs itsefl off of sites

Summary: Average user rating of matrix.dll: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks matrix.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user thinks matrix.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving matrix issues

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