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What is plx_hook.dll?

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

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Plx_hook.dll file information

The process known as Enables Plaxo to integrate securely with Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, and Outlook Express belongs to software Plaxo Integration for Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, and Outlook Express by Plaxo (www.plaxo.com).

Description: Plx_hook.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Plx_hook.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 43,073 bytes (62% of all occurrences) or 43,585 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/plx_hook.dll.html 
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 system file. Plx_hook.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. plx_hook.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Plaxo Toolbar for Windows or Plaxo Toolbar for Outlook (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If plx_hook.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 48% dangerous. The file size is 59,280 bytes. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The service has no detailed description. Plx_hook.dll is not a Windows core file. Plx_hook.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. plx_hook.dll appears to be a compressed file.

Uninstalling this variant: You can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Plaxo (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) contact www.plaxo.com Customer Service.

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

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User Comments

This file installs from Plaxo.com when you run thier istall.exe...it allows plaxo to seemlessly update your Outlook contacts
  Kip Fischer  
Allows for easy integration of OUTLOOK and Plaxo
   

Summary: Average user rating of plx_hook.dll: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think plx_hook.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application.


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Best practices for resolving plx_hook issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with plx_hook. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the plx_hook.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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