What is sbhelp.dll?

The genuine sbhelp.dll file is a software component of Desktop Sidebar by Idea2.
Sbhelp.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to the Desktop Sidebar application, a program that provides access to installed programs through a sidebar located on the edge of the Desktop. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file contains information on troubleshooting. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Desktop Sidebar is a desktop utility software that features access to a host of tiny programs such as tasks, notes, messenger contacts, and stock market updates through its simple docked interface. Downloadable plugins provide more options for users looking for something more than just the basic clock, calendar and weather updates. Plugins are regularly created by Desktop Sidebar's online user community. The community has already developed some 50 functions, 200 skins, and 40 slide shows. Sidebar can also display entire RSS feeds, help with Internet searches. Shortcuts can be created to popular programs like Winamp, ICQ, and Skype. Desktop Sidebar has been reported to consume a lot of memory as these features take up plenty of resources to function. Reducing the amount of items contained in the dock is the only way to minimize the used resources. Idea2 is a developer of customized, integration-ready applications ready to used for cloud computing. Idea2 provides a company with enough resources to remove the need for any developers. The added workflows makes for a dynamic and evolving business model. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Denver, Colorado, USA.

SbHelp stands for Desktop Sidebar Help

Sbhelp.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 Desktop Sidebar.

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Sbhelp.dll file information

The process known as Desktop Sidebar belongs to software Desktop Sidebar by Idea2 (

Description: Sbhelp.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The sbhelp.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\Desktop Sidebar\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 278,528 bytes (96% of all occurrences) or 233,472 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 45AD732C-2CE2-4666-B366-B2214AD57A49. The program is not visible. It is able to monitor web browsers. The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with sbhelp.dll, you can also completely remove Desktop Sidebar (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or search the support area on the Desktopsidebar website.

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

Desktop Sidebar is an application that gives you a Longhorn-like sidebar on your screen. No spyware/virii here
  ironcladlou   (further information)

  Corwin   (further information)
Gute Sidebar. Änlich wie bei Windows Longhorn
Gute Sidebar. Änlich wie bei Windows Longhorn

Summary: Average user rating of sbhelp.dll: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 5 users think sbhelp.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving sbhelp issues

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