How to remove the TrustWatch Toolbar malware

Most antivirus programs classify trustwatch.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Win32:Adware-gen (detected by Avast), and potentially unwanted program Generic PUP (detected by McAfee). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated TrustWatch 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 TrustWatch Toolbar and how to get rid of it.

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Trustwatch.dll file information

The process known as TrustWatch Toolbar (version v3 Beta1) belongs to software TrustWatch Toolbar by unknown.

Description: Trustwatch.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file trustwatch.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 1,339,392 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 4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-88A9-EB6DA381A928. The software has no file description. The program is not visible. It is able to monitor web browsers. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows system file. Trustwatch.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with trustwatch.dll, you can uninstall the software TrustWatch Toolbar using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If trustwatch.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 1,171,456 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The trustwatch.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. Trustwatch.dll is not a Windows system file. Trustwatch.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

External information from Tony Klein:

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

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Summary: Average user rating of trustwatch.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving trustwatch issues

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