What is PrivacySafeGuard.dll?

PrivacySafeGuard.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 Privacy SafeGuard.

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PrivacySafeGuard.dll file information

The process known as Privacy SafeGuard (version 1.1) belongs to software Privacy SafeGuard by Privacy SafeGuard or PrivaceySafeguard.

Description: PrivacySafeGuard.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PrivacySafeGuard.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 8/7/XP is 88,576 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 A42D2EB4-DD31-4BB5-8AA5-8D4E04806DBE. The program is not visible. The PrivacySafeGuard.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. The file is not a Windows system file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
The software publisher Privacysafeguard provides update information ( You could uninstall Privacy SafeGuard from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PrivacySafeGuard.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PrivacySafeGuard.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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Causing "Object Error" when using IExplorer 9 for certain websites
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Best practices for resolving PrivacySafeGuard issues

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