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What is SHELL32.dll?


SHELL32.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 SHELL32.dll problem by downloading the correct SHELL32.dll file. The following information can help you determine if SHELL32.dll belonging to the Windows system or an application you can trust.

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SHELL32.dll file information

The process known as Windows Shell Common Dll or Allgemeine Windows-Shell-DLL belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: SHELL32.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SHELL32.dll is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 8,453,632 bytes and 128 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/shell32.dll.html 
The program has a visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad). The file is not a Windows system file. SHELL32.dll is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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If SHELL32.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 6% dangerous. The file size is 8,361,472 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a Microsoft signed file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad). It is not a Windows system file. SHELL32.dll is able to record inputs.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as SHELL32.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SHELL32.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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User Comments

shell32.dll is a library which contains Windows Shell API functions, which are used when opening web pages and files.
   
it'a a part of windows operating system
  jordy  
It is the file which contains all the dialog boxes, context menu's , all the window icons and many other important things. Like whatever strings of text we read in0windows are preserved in shell32.dll. One of the most important file in windows. The wfp service take cares of this file and other system files too, so that they don't get replaced under any condition.
  Puneet Batish   (further information)
windows interface
  janey  
The purpose of shell32.dll is to provide file access support and webpage opening support to caller applications. One of the applications that make use of shell32.dll is Internet Explorer. Also Windows Explorer makes use of the same shell32.dll API calls due to its tight integration with Internet Explorer. This dll is an important part of the operating system, and failure to open this dll will likely cause your computer not to boot up at all.
  Alex   (further information)
WINDOWS SHELL DLL
   
part of the Windows opeation system, and running every time the windows starts up.
  David  
library
  sisi   (further information)
i think is essential
  suleiman fuseini  

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Summary: Average user rating of SHELL32.dll: based on 19 votes with 9 user comments.
13 users think SHELL32.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. 3 users think SHELL32.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.


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