How to remove the Starware Toolbar malware

Most antivirus programs classify Starware.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: such as or not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Comet.ay (detected by Kaspersky), and ADWARE_COMETCURSOR or Adware_BHOT_Starware (detected by TrendMicro). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Starware Toolbar software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about Starware Toolbar and how to get rid of it.

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Starware.dll file information

The process known as Starware Toolbar belongs to software Starware by (

Description: Starware.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The Starware.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\Starware\bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 637,440 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 636,928 bytes or 602,112 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 CA356D79-679B-4b4c-8E49-5AF97014F4C1 or F7C7AA47-BCA6-451D-8DBC-C10A8F75C8C7. The program is not visible. Starware.dll is able to monitor web browsers. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. Starware.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with Starware.dll, you may want to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Starware).

Recommended: Identify Starware.dll related errors

Important: You should check the Starware.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Starware Toolbar 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

cannot be cleaned by McAfee
  frances clausen  
it was on my computer and went missing please install it baack
  daniel grey  
i want to delete it
Part of Browser toolbar & hijacker. Had a problem with this blocking access to a secure site, just removed it. Go Add/Remove Programs and remove Starware
found by SAV 10.1 as adware
it is adware
  Robb   (further information)
Starware is an Internet Explorer toolbar with specialized search functions and a pop-up blocker. Starware Toolbar may display advertisements and redirect your search requests through their parent server. Bug fixes and new features may be added to Starware Toolbar without your notice. To delete manualy: Go to start menu settings Controlpanel add/remove programs Double click Starware Change/Remove Delete
Garbage adware software, remove it
Removed by Spybot, Adds toolbar to Explorer and retrieves data
Program:Win32/Starware is a Web browser toolbar. Starware monitors searches at popular search engines, conducting its own search in tandem and displaying the results in an IFrame within the browser window.
  SecurityFr3ak   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Starware.dll: based on 13 votes with 11 user comments. One user thinks Starware.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 6 users think Starware.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Starware issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active Starware process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the Starware.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 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.

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