How to remove the The CouponCabin Sidekick malware

The ScriptHost.dll file is a software component of Add-ons Framework by

Some anti-malware programs classify ScriptHost.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance PUA_Besttoolbars.component (detected by TrendMicro), and Generic PUA IB (PUA) or Generic PUA FB (PUA) (detected by Sophos). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated The CouponCabin Sidekick 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 The CouponCabin Sidekick and how to get rid of it.

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ScriptHost.dll file information

The process known as The CouponCabin Sidekick or IntelliConnect Search or Freecorder extension or CartRipple Shopping Assistant

belongs to software Add-ons Framework or Freecorder extension or Smiley Bar for Facebook or Speed Test Analysis or Do Not Track Plus Add-on or Cool Smiley Bar for Facebook or BuzzSocialPoints_IE or BuzzSocialPoints_DNS_IE or Freecorder extension for Chrome or Speed Test or Freecorder extension for Firefox

by Applian Technologies ( or or BestOffers or or or Status Winks or Plus Winks or outfoxTV or BuzzSocialPoints or Abine or International News Network or or Swiki or Speed Analysis or

Description: ScriptHost.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. ScriptHost.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 438,784 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 360,448 bytes and 24 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 6E45F3E8-2683-4824-A6BE-08108022FB36 or E7AB3DAE-5A7A-41A7-8258-BD60657392E2 or 45 more variants. The program has no visible window. ScriptHost.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  • visit the support page [1][2]
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Freecorder extension or Speed Analysis 2 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify ScriptHost.dll related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name ScriptHost.dll, for example PUA_Besttoolbars.component (detected by TrendMicro), and Generic PUA IB (PUA) or Generic PUA FB (PUA) (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the ScriptHost.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If The CouponCabin Sidekick 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

On my Windows 7 system, it was located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Freecorder extension and was 364,920 bytes
  John Vincent  
Add-on for Firefox. Fast video download
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Summary: Average user rating of ScriptHost.dll: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks ScriptHost.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ScriptHost issues

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

Other processes

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