What is shdocvw.dll?

Shdocvw.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. You can fix your shdocvw.dll problem by downloading the correct shdocvw.dll file. The following information can help you determine if shdocvw.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Shdocvw.dll file information

The process known as Shell Doc Object and Control Library belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Shdocvw.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file shdocvw.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 180,224 bytes (53% of all occurrences), 1,499,136 bytes and 9 more variants. 
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. The service has no detailed description. Shdocvw.dll is not a Windows core file. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Shdocvw.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If shdocvw.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 70,656 bytes. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Shdocvw.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows system file. shdocvw.dll appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as shdocvw.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the shdocvw.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.


User Comments

shdocvw.dll is a process belonging to the Microsoft Windows program . shdocvw.dll is a library used by Windows applications to add basic file and networking operations.
Its a basic dll which is essential to run the network applications
program id 6.1.7600 Sharepoint ? OWSSupp.dll
found 4 files and one link on my HP machine. none were the sizes referenced above. they came from HP updates and windows service pack all created in 2005(HP) and 2008 (MS). I do have a trojan found on my pc by mcaffeethe two windows files (one in sys32 and one in svcpackI386 are both the same size. HP updates have "Interop." and AxInterop." prefixes to the file names both in Update 9972322 and different file sizes.
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  internet user   (further information)
It is part of Microsoft Internet Explorer and provides the WebBrowser control, which other applications can use to include web browsing and HTML viewing functionality. I believe it is deprecated and no longer part of IE versions 8 and 9, possibly earlier ones as well.
  Anamon   (further information)
I have it disabled and it is NOT needed in Windows 7. No problems have occured due to this file being present.

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Summary: Average user rating of shdocvw.dll: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. 4 users think shdocvw.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks shdocvw.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade shdocvw.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving shdocvw issues

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