What is shellex.dll?

The genuine shellex.dll file is a software component of Kaspersky Anti-Virus by Kaspersky Lab.
Shellex is part of Kaspersky Endpoint Security. It provides anti-malware technologies in addition to endpoint controls and data encryption. It also includes anti-malware, firewall and an Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) for Windows file servers.

ShellEx stands for Windows Shell Extension

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

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Shellex.dll file information

The process known as Windows Shell Extension or DirectCD Shell Extention DLL or SWF.max Shell Extensions

belongs to software Kaspersky Anti-Virus (version 6.0 for, 2009) or Kaspersky Internet Security (version 2011) or Roxio Drag-to-Disc or Aero SWF.max

by Kaspersky Lab ZAO ( or Kaspersky Lab ( or .max or Roxio (

Description: Shellex.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file shellex.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 458,944 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 55,824 bytes and 17 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 has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The shellex.dll file is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with shellex.dll, you may also look for help from the software company Kaspersky, update [1][2] to a possibly corrected version or remove the entire program Kaspersky PURE or Kaspersky CRYSTAL using Windows Control Panel.

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If shellex.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 185,856 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is able to monitor web browsers. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as shellex.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Rogue:Win32/FakePowav (detected by Microsoft), and Adware.Gen (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the shellex.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

it wont go away
it can't be uninstalled
  Yazhi Wei  
Found in Roxio 7.0 install and can't eliminate
  Dick Harriff  
I want to remove it, but can't!! Kaspersky is viral!
To delete Shellex.dll manually edit the Registry and delete all Roxio entries. Then you can delete it with no problems.
Can't delete it. Came with Roxio 7.5
kapersky is an anti-virus
anti virus
  Aleksandar   (further information)
Download tuneupShredder, than it'll go away

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Summary: Average user rating of shellex.dll: based on 15 votes with 9 user comments. 11 users think shellex.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 3 users think shellex.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade shellex.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving shellex issues

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

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

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