What is ShredExt.dll?

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

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ShredExt.dll file information

The process known as FileShredder Shell Extension DLL or SimpleExt Module or Shred Extension Dll appears to belong to software SimpleExt Module or AbsoluteShield File Shredder or CuteShield File Shredder by SysShield Consulting ( or McAfee (

Description: ShredExt.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ShredExt.dll file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 45,056 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 file information. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If ShredExt.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 57% dangerous. The file size is 25,088 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 154,448 bytes. 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. The file is not a Windows system file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. ShredExt.dll is able to monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ShredExt.dll, you may want to uninstall AbsoluteShield File Shredder or CuteShield File Shredder software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

came with another file installed that was spyware
It stopped me dragging and dropping files in Explore.
It was on my desktop and looked suspicious

Summary: Average user rating of ShredExt.dll: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. 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 ShredExt issues

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