What is ssv.dll?

Ssv.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 Java.

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Ssv.dll file information

The process known as Java (version 2 Platform Standard Edition binary) or Java™ Platform SE binary or Java TM Platform SE binary or Java TM (version 2 Platform Standard Edition binary) or Secure Static Versioning Utility or JavaFX 2.1.1 or Adobe CSI (version CS4) or IBM Installation Manager

belongs to software Java (version 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 6, 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 9, 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 8, 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 7, 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0, 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 10, 6, 2 Platform Standard Edition binary) or Java™ Platform (version SE 6, SE 7, SE 8) or Java SE Runtime Environment (version 7, 6) or Java 7 or Java TM Platform (version SE 6, SE 7) or Java™ Platform SE binary or Java TM (version 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 6, 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 Update 10) or discoDSP Discovery VSTi

by Sun Microsystems ( or Oracle ( or Oracle America or IBM ( or Adobe Systems ( or Zimbra or SPSS (

Description: Ssv.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ssv.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of C:\Windows or in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 184,423 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 434,279 bytes and 51 more variants. 
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 761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43 or 761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43=. The program is not visible. Ssv.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The file is not a Windows core file. The service has no detailed description. The file has a digital signature. The ssv.dll file is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
There is a possibility to do the following:
  1) completely remove Java(TM) 6 Update (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs)
  2) visit the Oracle support page
  3) search for an update on the vendor’s website.

Recommended: Identify ssv.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ssv.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ssv.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

still in doubt about threat. all activity from this process is suspicious at best. possible cause of instability and resource hog
part of Sun Java, my IOLO REgistry states is shd be shutdown but to my mind it is issuded by a respected company , much like Microsoft . Will leave on
  Rob H  
this causes word 2007 to crash in Vista - no idea why but when disabled word works fine
I use Opera9.24 and the ssv.dll doesn't appear in the Windows Task Manager, but appears in the proprietary "Security Task Manager" and has a rating of 64% possibility of being a spyware. When I use that program to quarantine ssv.dll, my browser no longer works. I feel very suspicious about this.
  Fitzie M  
It slows down my Internet!
Needed to run any Java eg in Browser. It is a background task just leave it be & you will be able to use Java.
  Jethro L  
Some virus' can distrobute through java
Absolutley Harmless, Essential For Alot Of Internet Related Things.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ssv.dll: based on 171 votes with 9 reviews. 93 users think ssv.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 14 users think it's probably harmless. 38 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 10 users suspect danger. 16 users think ssv.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade ssv.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ssv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ssv. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 ssv.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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