What is pavshook.dll?

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

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Pavshook.dll file information

The process known as PavSHook Dynamic Link Library belongs to software PavSHook Dynamic Link Library or Panda Technologies by Panda Software International ( or Panda Security, S.L ( or Panda Software (

Description: Pavshook.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pavshook.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 292,144 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 518,400 bytes and 9 more variants. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Pavshook.dll is not a Windows core file. The pavshook.dll file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. Pavshook.dll is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify pavshook.dll related errors

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

Teil von Panda Titanium Antivirus 2005
Bestandteil von Panda Antivirus. Genaue Funktion konnte ich nicht ausfindig machen.
  Adrian G.   (further information)
Titanium Antivirus 2005 BETA
Bremst das system
came with panda anti virus
A part of Panda Antivirus - Not harmfull at all
Bestandteil von Panda Antivirus 2005/2006

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of pavshook.dll: based on 8 votes with 8 user comments. 4 users think pavshook.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks pavshook.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade pavshook.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving pavshook issues

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