What is smiehlp.dll?

Smiehlp.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Secretmaker popup blocker.

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Smiehlp.dll file information

The process known as Secretmaker popup blocker or smiehlp Module belongs to software All-in-One Secretmaker or smiehlp Module by Secretmaker.

Description: Smiehlp.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Smiehlp.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 36,864 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include A491D208-B353-490F-B81A-A8A3DC97042D. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. Smiehlp.dll is not a Windows system file. The file is able to monitor web browsers. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Smiehlp.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. smiehlp.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as smiehlp.dll. Therefore, you should check the smiehlp.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Secretmaker popup blocker has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

  NewAje   (further information)
To do with the Secret Maker All in one program
Related to Secretmaker
  Victor Kroeger   (further information)
appears when installing secretmaker
It's a BHO from Secretmaker. Never had any problems; checked with Kaspersky and others: all are ok.
its on on dell computer and the cd-rom drivers were erased somehow
it is used to recognize spammed emails and block browser ads
I wouldn't let it check for updates. Manually download them instead
Listen to smsupport! They are honest, and very savvy
  clrwtr001 (user of sm since the beginning,sort of a beta tester)  

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Summary: Average user rating of smiehlp.dll: based on 10 votes with 9 user comments. 4 users think smiehlp.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks smiehlp.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving smiehlp issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active smiehlp process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the smiehlp.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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