What is Toolbar.dll?

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

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Toolbar.dll file information

The process known as FreeCause Toolbar or IE Toolbar or Internet Explorer Toolba or IE Toolbar Engine or iSearch Toolbar or WebSearch Toolbar Browser Object or utilbar or Application Support File

belongs to software ToolbarBrowser or SweetIM For Internet Explorer or AddThis Toolbar or Dogpile Bundle Toolbar or IE Toolba or AOL Toolbar or Gamers Unite! Snag Bar or SocialRibbons (version LP 1, LP2, LP5, LP4) or IE Toolbar or WebSearch Toolbar or FreeCause Toolbar or Dogpile Toolbar or Nectar Search Toolbar or InboxDollars or BucksBee Loyalty Plugin - OpenInstall or MyPoints Point Finder or Shopping4Causes Shopping Plugin or Webs Credits (version 2) or MyPoints Toolbar or BucksBee Loyalty Plugin - Softonic or Slownik LING or Pink Ribbon Toolbar or IBM Toolbar or CoolChaser Toolbar or MouseHunt Toolbar or Gaia Online Toolbar or AIR MILES TOOLBAR or iSearch Toolbar

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Description: Toolbar.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file Toolbar.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\aol toolbar\ or C:\Program Files\TrustyHound-TB\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 552,960 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 548,992 bytes and 96 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 8952A998-1E7E-4716-B23D-3DBE03910972 or 71821EC4-3CD6-11D6-AEC6-000102AC7057 or 83 more variants. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. It is able to monitor web browsers. Toolbar.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
If there are any problems with Toolbar.dll, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall SweetIM For Internet Explorer or AddThis Toolbar from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs"
  2) search the support area on the Sweetim website
  3) make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify Toolbar.dll related errors

External information from Tony Klein:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name Toolbar.dll, for example SearchIt or Softomate (detected by Sophos), and Adware.Gen or Spyware.ISearch (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the Toolbar.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

Invites spyware and pop-ups.. delete NOW!
Did not show up until I installed Morpheus File Share
  Drew Coppock  
can't be removed - worked for days
IE Toolbar
explorer error for tool bar
impossible to get out
another crappy product from AOL
websearch is spyware, remove
  bunny   (further information)
Searching for a way to delete this waste of memory
Installs spyware; alters programs; collects date on URLs you visit.
  Mozart   (further information)
It's been installed with SweetIM toolbar..... Didn't know if it's bad for my pc...
Mine came from You can remove it from the control panel add/remove programs look for toolbar browser.
Neopets Toolbar made by Velocity Services, Inc. Neopets claims no spy ware. I have seen none as a result of using this. If you don't play Neopets, why even download it..?
  Brian   (further information) Toolbar. Allows you to access commen areas on via the toolbar. Possible spyware included.
  DProper   (further information)
It changes your homepage so you can't change it, and/or it can make you run across a lot of error pages
It stopped all browsers from going online. Norton Eraser from their offline Bootable Repair Disk found mine & said it did not know if it was a virus or not but let me delete it & the Gateway Notebook WinXp is back on the Internet...

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Toolbar.dll: based on 22 votes with 16 user comments. One user thinks Toolbar.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 13 users think Toolbar.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Toolbar issues

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