What is plugin_base.m32?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the plugin_base.m32 on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Plugin_base.m32 file information

The process known as BitDefender Active Virus Control Plugin - BASE or BitDefender BehavioralScanner Plugin - BASE belongs to software BitDefender AntiVirus or BitDefender Total Security (version 2011, 2010) or BitDefender Antivirus Pro (version 2011) or BitDefender Internet Security (version 2011) or The Shield Deluxe (version 2011) by BitDefender S.R.L. Bucharest, ROMANIA (

Description: Plugin_base.m32 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Plugin_base.m32 is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 151,552 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 136,704 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 has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Plugin_base.m32 is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with plugin_base.m32, you can use the software publisher's support or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramBitDefender Internet Security or BitDefender Total Security 2010.

Recommended: Identify plugin_base.m32 related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as plugin_base.m32, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the plugin_base.m32 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

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It is part of a program file
It is just for Bitdefender anti-virus to work

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of plugin_base.m32: based on 7 votes with 3 user comments. 5 users think plugin_base.m32 is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think plugin_base.m32 is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving plugin_base issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with plugin_base. 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 plugin_base.m32 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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