How to remove the Starware.dll malware

Most antivirus programs classify Starware316.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example ADW_COMET.AG (detected by TrendMicro), and Adware.Starware (detected by Symantec). 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.dll 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.dll and how to get rid of it.

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Starware316.dll file information

The process known as Starware.dll appears to belong to software Starware Screensavers Toolbar or Starware.dll by unknown.

Description: Starware316.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The Starware316.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 803,328 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 735,744 bytes or 793,088 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 45A4902E-4479-4EAE-A186-8D0F7E4C78DE or 5f90c0e3-4c0a-4d54-a8ac-5afe6163a99e. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. Starware316.dll is not a Windows system file. Starware316.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 82% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with Starware316.dll, you can also uninstall Starware Screensavers Toolbar or Starware316 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify Starware316.dll related errors

Important: You should check the Starware316.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Starware.dll 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.


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Best practices for resolving Starware316 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active Starware316 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the Starware316.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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