What is wcidBHO.dll?

WcidBHO.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Norton Confidential.

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WcidBHO.dll file information

The process known as Norton Confidential (WCID) (version v2006.1 NT5 Build (2007,1,1,54)) belongs to software Norton Confidential by Symantec (

Description: WcidBHO.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WcidBHO.dll is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 149,168 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 85CF4327-68DE-1974-B32E-766E84A9706C or 491AF6C5-21F2-46E1-C653-3DF529127D7B. The program is not visible. The wcidBHO.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. The wcidBHO.dll file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as wcidBHO.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the wcidBHO.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Norton Confidential 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

Used for Antiphishing for TD Canada Trust Bank

Summary: Average user rating of wcidBHO.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks wcidBHO.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving wcidBHO issues

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