What is shexthk.dll?

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

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Shexthk.dll file information

The process known as FRISK belongs to software unknown by Frisk Software International (

Description: Shexthk.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Shexthk.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 46,920 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 40,960 bytes or 46,544 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. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. It is not a Windows system file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. shexthk.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify shexthk.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as shexthk.dll. Therefore, you should check the shexthk.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

DLL for F-Prot Antivirus
made in icelanda by company called FRISK, it's an icelandic antivirus and prog house.
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for f-prot anti virus app hook function file.
  G3   (further information)
F-Prot Antivirus
F-Prot Antivirus
This file from F-Prot antivirus forced win xp to recover the registry from a backup at boot time; shexthk.dll should be removed.

Summary: Average user rating of shexthk.dll: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. 3 users think shexthk.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving shexthk issues

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