What is ShellExt32.dll?

ShellExt32.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 ShellExt32.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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ShellExt32.dll file information

The process known as TextPad (version 32-bit shell extension DLL) or foobar2000 shell extension belongs to software TextPad (version 5) by Helios Software Solutions ( or Peter Pawlowski.

Description: ShellExt32.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ShellExt32.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 61,440 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 108,544 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 service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows system file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with ShellExt32.dll, you can do the following:
  1) completely remove foobar2000 or TextPad 5 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) get help from the software vendor Foobar2000
  3) look for a new, improved version.

Recommended: Identify ShellExt32.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ShellExt32.dll. Therefore, you should check the ShellExt32.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 is a malicious virus!!!
  William Conboy  

Summary: Average user rating of ShellExt32.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks ShellExt32.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ShellExt32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ShellExt32. 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 ShellExt32.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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