How to remove the apuc Module malware

Most antivirus programs classify msbe.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example Adware:Win32/Exact (detected by Microsoft), and Adware.Bullseye (detected by Symantec). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated apuc Module 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 apuc Module and how to get rid of it.

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Msbe.dll file information

The process known as apuc Module or ADP Module appears to belong to software apuc Module or ADP Module by eXact Advertising (

Description: Msbe.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file msbe.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 61,440 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 57,344 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 F4E04583-354E-4076-BE7D-ED6A80FD66DA. The program has no visible window. Msbe.dll is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The msbe.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. Msbe.dll is able to monitor applications. msbe.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify msbe.dll related errors

External information from Tony Klein:

Important: You should check the msbe.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If apuc Module 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

Registry guid F4E04583-354E-4076-BE7D-ED6A80FD66DA says the ProgID = ADP.UrlCatcher
  Bill Newcum  
if you have this, you're about to be hijacked to
Advertising popup windows
it or its components reinstall it every time it has been removed (Cashback) adware somehow linked with bargin buddy  
BARGAIN BUDDY. it's very annoying to remove.
Part of the "Bullseye Network" or "Bargain Buddy" Malware Suite
Runs as a module under explorer process. I found it in windows\system directory.
advanced in installer
I think it could be a adware or spyware
It is related to the Bargain Buddy Malware and MSBE.exe
Spyware - eXact Advertising
Well from what i have been able to put together. This is a master dll file that keeps a link to back up any lost data of the w32 worm virus. Its basically put into from the people...also it seems to associate itself with bullseye, fastclick, bargainbuddy,, and many other url catchers. VERY HARD TO GET RID OF! follow the link i have put here this may help...hope you can do it I had major problems.
  Tiggerboyeee   (further information)
It is a process that runs Bargain Buddy. Bargain Buddy is spyware
  Black Panther  
Part of Bargain Buddy. Monitors IE, can reinstall BB exes.
Certified spyware/foistware, or other malware
  kia   (further information)
Tries to change BHO in internet Explorer, Im trying to determin if I can safely remove the msbe.dll file. It will not allow me to delete it
it is part of bargain buddy from bullseye network
it comes up as a risk file on norton
i think it's associated in some sort of an adware. i had a hard time removing it.
It comes back each time you delete its files and as soon you connect to the internet then it displays pop-ups like crazy
use adaware free to get fid of it!
Bargain Buddy i'll make analyzist of this .... delete!!!!
It is no good - I wish I never heard the name "Exact Advertising"!

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of msbe.dll: based on 22 votes with 24 user comments. One user thinks msbe.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 12 users think msbe.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 9 users don't grade msbe.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving msbe issues

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