What is SDHook32.dll?

The genuine SDHook32.dll file is a software component of Spybot - Search & Destroy by Safer-Networking.
SDHook32.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to Spybot - Search & Destroy, a program that scans and removes spyware and adware from computers running Windows. 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. Removing this file may cause problems while running LogMeIn products. Spybot – Search & Destroy is a freeware, full fledged security program that removes malicious programs and protects systems from online threats while providing live protection from viruses, trojans, malware, etc. The program also features a Boot CD creator, a registry repair tool, startup tools, command line parameters, etc. Spybot – Search & Destroy was created by Patrick Michael Kolla in 2000 while he was still a software engineering student. Safer-Networking Limited is an Irish company that was founded by Patrick Michael Kolla in 2000 to develop and distribute his program, Spybot – Search & Destroy. The company is currently headquartered in Wicklow, Ireland. The company is financially supported by donations from people are over the world.

SDHook32 stands for Spybot Search & Destroy Hook (32-bit)

SDHook32.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 SDHook32.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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SDHook32.dll file information

The process known as Live Protection or SDHook belongs to software Spybot - Search & Destroy (version 2) by Safer-Networking (

Description: SDHook32.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SDHook32.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 292,544 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 380,808 bytes, 280,880 bytes, 291,496 bytes or 292,280 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. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The SDHook32.dll file is digitally signed. There is no detailed description of this service. SDHook32.dll is not a Windows system file. SDHook32.dll is a Verisign signed file. SDHook32.dll is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall Spybot - Search & Destroy or Spybot - Search & Destroy 2 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), get help from the software vendor Safer-networking or update [1][2] the program.

Recommended: Identify SDHook32.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SDHook32.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SDHook32.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 SDHook32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SDHook32. 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 SDHook32.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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