What is safemon.dll?

The genuine safemon.dll file is a software component of 360安全卫士 by Qihoo 360.
Safemon.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to 360安全卫士 (360 Safe Guard), a Chinese security software for personal computers. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. 360 Safe Guard features an anti-virus scanner that protects the computer from viruses, trojans, malware, as well as rootkits, boot items, faulty registry entries, etc. It also contains a cleanup tool that can help clear computers of unwanted junk such as Internet traces like cookies. Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Ltd. is a Chinese security software developer that creates anti-virus programs, web browsers, as well as mobile software. The company was founded in June 2005 by Zhou Hongyi and Qi Xiangdong. In ten years, the company's software had over 500 million users. Qihoo 360 currently rakes in about $329 million in revenue annually. The company is based in Beijing, China.

SafeMon stands for 360 Safe Guard Monitor

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

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Safemon.dll file information

The process known as 360 Internet Security Internet Protection belongs to software 360 Internet Security or 360 by Qihu 360 Software Co. or (

Description: Safemon.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Safemon.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,442,928 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 1,450,920 bytes and 39 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. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. Safemon.dll is not a Windows system file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It is a Verisign signed file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Safemon.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with safemon.dll occur, you can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of 360 Total Security or 360 Internet Security (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) go to the software publisher,, [1][2] for advice.

Recommended: Identify safemon.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as safemon.dll. Therefore, you should check the safemon.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

360safe's program
Its Chinese Security and file sharing software.
This put over 43,000kb of files on my computer. Sophos found over 100 files and folders I had to manually remove. Malware bytes Antimalware removed others. I deleted 2 of my 4 browsers and am still not free of this virus. I am having trouble removing safemon.dll which brought me to this site looking for more information
  Melody McBroom  
Essential part of 360 Total Security, please do not remove it
  Victor   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of safemon.dll: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think safemon.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think safemon.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving safemon issues

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

To help you analyze the safemon.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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