What is sbhook.dll?

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

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Sbhook.dll file information

The process known as Sandbox (version r3 hooks for virtual processes) or Kaspersky PURE belongs to software Kaspersky Internet Security (version 2011) or Kaspersky Anti-Virus by Kaspersky Lab ( or Kaspersky Lab ZAO (

Description: Sbhook.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sbhook.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 72,208 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 72,280 bytes, 76,472 bytes, 68,112 bytes or 74,128 bytes. 
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. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The sbhook.dll file is not a Windows core file. The sbhook.dll file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. Sbhook.dll is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using sbhook.dll, you can also visit the support page [1][2], make sure that you have installed the latest version [1][2] or uninstall Kaspersky Internet Security or Kaspersky CRYSTAL from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sbhook.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sbhook.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.


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Best practices for resolving sbhook issues

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

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

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