What is plugin_extra.m32?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the plugin_extra.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_extra.m32 file information

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

Description: Plugin_extra.m32 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The plugin_extra.m32 file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 166,912 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 176,128 bytes, 106,496 bytes or 172,032 bytes. 
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 is not visible. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. It is not a Windows core file. Plugin_extra.m32 is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with plugin_extra.m32, you may want to completely remove BitDefender Antivirus Pro 2011 or BitDefender Total Security 2011 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or get help from the software vendor Microsoft.

Recommended: Identify plugin_extra.m32 related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as plugin_extra.m32. Therefore, you should check the plugin_extra.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.


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Best practices for resolving plugin_extra issues

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