What is SkyDriveShell.dll?

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

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SkyDriveShell.dll file information

The process known as Microsoft SkyDrive Shell Extension or Microsoft OneDrive Shell Extension belongs to software Microsoft SkyDrive or Microsoft OneDrive by Microsoft (

Description: SkyDriveShell.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SkyDriveShell.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 223,432 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 220,632 bytes and 7 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. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. It is digitally signed. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows core file. SkyDriveShell.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with SkyDriveShell.dll, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall Microsoft SkyDrive or Microsoft OneDrive from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) search the support area on the Microsoft website.

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If SkyDriveShell.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 208,096 bytes. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. SkyDriveShell.dll is certified by a trustworthy company. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows system file. SkyDriveShell.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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

Service that runs in the background, allowing your computer to sync with your Skydrive repository, which is tied into your Microsoft Live account.

Summary: Average user rating of SkyDriveShell.dll: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks SkyDriveShell.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks SkyDriveShell.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SkyDriveShell issues

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