How to remove the pxwma.dll malware

Most antivirus programs classify pxwma.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Adware:Win32/Webredir (detected by Microsoft), and ADW_WEBDIR (detected by TrendMicro). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated pxwma.dll software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about pxwma.dll and how to get rid of it.

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Pxwma.dll file information

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Description: Pxwma.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file pxwma.dll is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 113,152 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 128,000 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 58F07DD3-924D-4141-BC74-299F523A95F1. The program has no visible window. Pxwma.dll is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The pxwma.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. pxwma.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 92% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the pxwma.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If pxwma.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 ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Came in through an aol download but not from aol. See Web site! Dump this Mother
    (further information)
known as "adware.webdir" as reported by norton antivirus
  TOM L.   (further information)
never saw it d/l'ed but it runs on initial browser start and then the file cannot be found after that.
  D. Beckham  
part of the px engine, invoked as cdrom lowfilter pxhelp cd processing, possibly drm
It's part of Sonic's burning/converting engine, 1Click DivxToDVD uses this engine and installs this file along with some others.
I recently upgraded a computer with Windows XP SP1 (no further updates, auto update off) to SP2, IE7, and all of the other updates that come with turning on automatic updates. IE did not work. Opening folders did not work. When I deleted this add-on, IE and everything else worked fine. Originally, I had to run IE7 without add-ons.
  Tony Penton  
It's a "Divx" Data file Data library divx player using it.
  misha   (further information)
Hover over file says by Sonic Solutions but Yahoo Anti-Spy says its part of the Bitfrost virus, so I dont know
The pxwma.dll file (63 kB) was created in my system directory C:/WINDOWS/system32/ after reboot of the PC performed after installation of RealPlayer and activating its DVD/CD burning option. RealPlayer downlowded and installed Roxio DVD burning plugin.
This file "pxwma.dll" was installed by DivX for Windows v7.2 and have something to to with codecs. Sometime used by adware and spyware also. Use a good Anti-Virus software to scan it to be sure it is a safe file.
  Dave   (further information)
Updated from DivX 7 to DivX 8 and this file along with others was put into the C:program files common files PX Storage bin folder

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of pxwma.dll: based on 18 votes with 11 user comments. 2 users think pxwma.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users suspect danger. 6 users think pxwma.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade pxwma.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving pxwma issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active pxwma process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the pxwma.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.

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