What is PASShlExt.dll?

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

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PASShlExt.dll file information

The process known as PASShlExt.dll belongs to software ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware or PASShlExt Module by ParetoLogic (

Description: PASShlExt.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PASShlExt.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 98,304 bytes. 
This is a special .dll file (Dynamic Link Library), which starts automatically when programs are launched. So it can monitor or manipulate all of your program starts. There is no file information. The program is not visible. PASShlExt.dll is not a Windows system file. It monitors program starts. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware come up, you can turn to the software developer, Paretologic, for advice or uninstall it software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PASShlExt.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PASShlExt.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.


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Best practices for resolving PASShlExt issues

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