How to remove the bho_adw.dll malware

Most antivirus programs classify xmlhelper2.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example ADW_AGENT.AAMY (detected by TrendMicro), and not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.db (detected by Kaspersky). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated bho_adw.dll 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 bho_adw.dll and how to get rid of it.

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Xmlhelper2.dll file information

The process appears to belong to software bho_adw.dll by unknown.

Description: Xmlhelper2.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The xmlhelper2.dll file is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 122,880 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 85589B5D-D53D-4237-A677-46B82EA275F3. There is no description of the program. The xmlhelper2.dll file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. It is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The xmlhelper2.dll file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous.

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Important: You should check the xmlhelper2.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If bho_adw.dll 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.


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Best practices for resolving xmlhelper2 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active xmlhelper2 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the xmlhelper2.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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