How to remove the IRCodecs malware

Some anti-malware programs classify RichVideoCodec.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: such as TrojanDownloader:Win32/Zlob.gen!BM or Trojan:Win32/Zlob.AR (detected by Microsoft), and Adware.Gen or Trojan.Zlob (detected by Symantec). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated IRCodecs 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 IRCodecs and how to get rid of it.

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RichVideoCodec.dll file information

The process known as IRCodecs (version 1.2, 1.1) or TODO: File description belongs to software IRCodecs or TODO: Product name by IRCodecs or TODO: Company name.

Description: RichVideoCodec.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file RichVideoCodec.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 229,376 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 147,456 bytes and 6 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 926A61C9-5C20-4583-ACA7-ACE21088816E or 098716A9-0310-4CBE-BD64-B790A9761158 or 72aec387-4e92-4db2-8c6b-4f4496887f35 or 08d97f1b-f677-4f48-b8eb-9ffeaf204807. The program is not visible. The 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 RichVideoCodec.dll file is not a Windows core file. RichVideoCodec.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify RichVideoCodec.dll related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name RichVideoCodec.dll, for example TrojanDownloader:Win32/Zlob.gen!BM or Trojan:Win32/Zlob.AR (detected by Microsoft), and Adware.Gen or Trojan.Zlob (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the RichVideoCodec.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If IRCodecs 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

not dangerous its a component of iexplorer don close it because if you close it iexplore doesent work

Summary: Average user rating of RichVideoCodec.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving RichVideoCodec issues

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