What is PluckExplorerBar.dll?

PluckExplorerBar.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 Pluck ExplorerBar.

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PluckExplorerBar.dll file information

The process known as Pluck ExplorerBar belongs to software Pluck by Pluck (

Description: PluckExplorerBar.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PluckExplorerBar.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 999,424 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 1,015,808 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 09AF76DD-6988-4664-97D0-362F1011E311. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. It is able to monitor web browsers. There is no detailed description of this service. The PluckExplorerBar.dll file is not a Windows core file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. PluckExplorerBar.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with PluckExplorerBar.dll, you can also completely remove Pluck (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PluckExplorerBar.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PluckExplorerBar.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Pluck ExplorerBar 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

IE toolbar from Pluck Corporation. It is part of the Pluck freeware RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader application. This application basically delivers RSS news feeds that you select to your email client (Microsoft Outlook in my case). Seems to be well behaved and harmless.

Summary: Average user rating of PluckExplorerBar.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks PluckExplorerBar.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving PluckExplorerBar issues

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