What is pgpmn.dll?

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

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Pgpmn.dll file information

The process known as PGP Shell Menu Extensions belongs to software PGPfreeware or PGP or PGP Personal Privacy by Network Associates Technology ( or PGP (

Description: Pgpmn.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file pgpmn.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,248 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 90,112 bytes and 4 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 has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The pgpmn.dll file is not a Windows core file. The file is a file with no information about its developer. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify pgpmn.dll related errors

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

Allows right-click actions on files by PGP . Harmless.

  mautz   (further information)
gehört zu PGP, harmlos
Gehört zu PGP und ist u.a. dafür notwendig PGP-Funktionen via Kontext-Menü zur Verfügung zu stellen
PGP Shell Menu Extensions-- completely harmless
  Thomas Moore  
PGPmn.dll in system32 folder installed from PGP Desktop v991 (did not remove - now trying to remove - appears to provide context menus features). doubt it dangerous but annoying that it was not properly removed by uninstall )

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Summary: Average user rating of pgpmn.dll: based on 8 votes with 6 user comments. 6 users think pgpmn.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.

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Best practices for resolving pgpmn issues

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