Most antivirus programs identify pmnlk.dll as malware.
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Description: Pmnlk.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file pmnlk.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 267,776 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 315,536 bytes and 5 more variants.
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 148FB882-D779-4929-BC9C-6E031F38DFFC or 37FD5112-3B63-43F9-B769-EE6E2AAE9B1E or 11 more variants. It is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The pmnlk.dll file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 92% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If pmnlk.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 91% dangerous. The file size is 297,984 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. Pmnlk.dll is not a Windows system file. pmnlk.dll appears to be a compressed file.
Important: You should check the pmnlk.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If pmnlk.dll 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 ▾
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active pmnlk process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the pmnlk.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 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.