What is saie.dll?

Saie.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 McAfee SiteAdvisor.

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Saie.dll file information

The process known as McAfee SiteAdvisor or Site Advisor belongs to software McAfee SiteAdvisor for or Joy of Cooking or SiteAdvisor or SiteAdvisor for Internet by McAfee ( or Site Advisor (

Description: Saie.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The saie.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 514,264 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 532,480 bytes and 4 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 089FD14D-132B-48FC-8861-0048AE113215. The program has no visible window. The saie.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. Saie.dll is not a Windows system file. Saie.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.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with saie.dll, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMcAfee SiteAdvisor for or SiteAdvisor for Internet.

Recommended: Identify saie.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as saie.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the saie.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If McAfee SiteAdvisor 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

do a search for any website and site advisor will rate it as safe or unsafe. Very useful.
  sanyan   (further information)
Site Advisor rates search engine results with legitimacy.
  Steve Sturgill   (further information)
Checks millions of websites for hazardous links and leaves a tick mark on search results if safe.

Summary: Average user rating of saie.dll: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think saie.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving saie issues

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

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