What is PrivShellExt.dll?

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

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PrivShellExt.dll file information

The process known as Acronis PrivacyExpert shell extension belongs to software Acronis Privacy Expert Suite by unknown.

Description: PrivShellExt.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PrivShellExt.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 251,939 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 214,597 bytes and 4 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. There is no information about the author of the file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. The PrivShellExt.dll file is not a Windows core file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. PrivShellExt.dll is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with PrivShellExt.dll, you can uninstall Acronis Privacy Expert Suite from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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


User Comments

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Summary: Average user rating of PrivShellExt.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks PrivShellExt.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving PrivShellExt issues

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