What is web_ie.dll?

Web_ie.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 NaturalWeb.

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Web_ie.dll file information

The process known as NaturalWeb for Internet Explorer belongs to software Dragon NaturalWeb or Dragon NaturallySpeaking by Dragon Systems (

Description: Web_ie.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Web_ie.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 372,790 bytes (94% of all occurrences) or 397,379 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 2843DAC1-05EF-11D2-95BA-0060083493D6. The program is not visible. The web_ie.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If web_ie.dll is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 372,789 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 368,693 bytes or 235,520 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Web_ie.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows core file.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as web_ie.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the web_ie.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If NaturalWeb 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

This is part of the Dragon Naturally Speaking software package. I think it's pourpose is to let you use the speech to text in your browser
it's part of dragon naturally speaking, not dangerous at all
It may be causing Mozilla Thunderbird to always set cached servers to 5, no matter what you set it for. Then you can't send outgoing mail due to smtp failure. No positive proof yet, though.
  Cory Clarke  

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Summary: Average user rating of web_ie.dll: based on 6 votes with 3 user comments. 4 users think web_ie.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving web_ie issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active web_ie process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the web_ie.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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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