What is PCGizmosBHO.dll?

PCGizmosBHO.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 PC Gizmos BHO.

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PCGizmosBHO.dll file information

The process known as PC Gizmos BHO or SoundCloud Downloader or Block YouTube Ads belongs to software Block Youtube Ads or SoundCloud Downloader or Open Online PDFs and Docs in Google Docs or Block YouTube Ads or PC-Gizmos by PC Gizmos.

Description: PCGizmosBHO.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PCGizmosBHO.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 104,000 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 113,152 bytes or 105,160 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 A817C286-3D6B-4ECD-A99C-E44E50DBC523. The program is not visible. It is able to monitor web browsers. PCGizmosBHO.dll is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with PCGizmosBHO.dll, you can remove the entire program SoundCloud Downloader or Block Youtube Ads using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PCGizmosBHO.dll. Therefore, you should check the PCGizmosBHO.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If PC Gizmos BHO 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

Block YouTube Ad (from PC-Gizmos) Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP-1 IE11 will disable this add-on because it is not compatible with Enhanced Protected Mode (under Internet Options - Advanced tab - Security section). Installs Software Updater under %appdata%\Software Updater\softwareupdate.exe and configured as an NT service called "Software Updater". Its installer screens do not tell you about this bundleware. You may not know about the install of this bundleware until you start getting popups atop all your windows telling you there is a new version of a software program. I used SysInternal's Process Explorer with its sniper icon to click on the popup window to find out which process opened that popup window. So this add-on comes with a gotcha: covertly installs bundleware (Software Updater from There is a "Software Updater" entry in the programs Control Panel applet so it's easy to uninstall (but I'll still be checking for remnant registry entries and files to delete after the uninstall); however, this bundleware should not have been installed without my permission in the first place. If you read their Terms of Service, you'll realize this is an adware company. Software Updater is supposed to provide an auto-updater for only the product with which it is bundled. Nope, PC-Gizmos' version has it checking all software on your computer to check for new updates. I don't need yet another update prompt. I disable auto-update in all programs and *I* decide when to prep for updates (create an OS partition image backup) and when *I* will interrupt my work to check for updates. PC-Gizmos does a silent install of's Software Updater. Very rude, very adware-like, very suspicious.
  VanguardLH042815   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of PCGizmosBHO.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving PCGizmosBHO issues

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