What is vpshell2.dll?

Vpshell2.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 vpshell2.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Vpshell2.dll file information

The process known as Symantec AntiVirus or Norton AntiVirus belongs to software Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec Client Security or Norton AntiVirus Corporate by Symantec (

Description: Vpshell2.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The vpshell2.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 40,960 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 47,296 bytes and 5 more variants. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The vpshell2.dll file is not a Windows system file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Vpshell2.dll is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with vpshell2.dll, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSymantec AntiVirus or Norton AntiVirus Corporate, consult Symantec’s Customer Service or check if there is a newer version available.

Recommended: Identify vpshell2.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vpshell2.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the vpshell2.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

how to delete it
This is a dll for Symantec AntiVirus
  Filipe Fernandes  
Real-time scanning program for Norton AntiVirus. Appears in the system tray.
  --   (further information)
It is a dll for Symantec Antivirus Located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SSC. I have also tried to delete it with no sucess, even in safe mode.
you can delete it if you can get to the recovery console, a preinstall environment or from a BartPE CD. the file is from Norton AV corporate edition.
  Michael   (further information)
remove it
Some how it is linked through the security settings on Norton and I cannot uninstall for anything. I uninstalled Norton from the network and on one computer this file remains. There is a Symantec item within the Add/Remove Programs and it will not uninstall without a password. The password it unknown and we tried every-possible password known. It currently continues to reinstall Norton on its own with no success, but it is very annoying.
If you need to remove this file, deinstall Norton/Symantec Antivirus and Live Update from Add/Remove Programs. Worked for me...
it is the dll used for shell extensions (context menu- scan for virus...). Steps to remove: 1. unregister dll. 2. close explorer 3. delete dll file from command prompt
  sivaramasundar   (further information)
You can remove it with regcleaner.
if you want to delete it, search in registry for vpshell2.dll and delete all of the keys where the file is into. Then delete the file...
You can easily remove it if you have the "infected" (cause norton is like a virus IMHO) Pc on a network. Start the infected PC without login, from another pc go to the infected PC hard drive and delete it.
it belongs to norton
rename it using f2 and dlete the .dll extension leaving vpshell2.then cut it and paste to desktop and again cut n paste to recycle bin.this worked for me.
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Summary: Average user rating of vpshell2.dll: based on 14 votes with 15 user comments. 7 users think vpshell2.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users don't grade vpshell2.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving vpshell2 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vpshell2. 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.

To help you analyze the vpshell2.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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