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 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.
If you are having problems with PluckExplorerBar.dll, you can also completely remove Pluck (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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External information from Tony Klein:

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. 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

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

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PluckExplorerBar. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 PluckExplorerBar.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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