How to remove the Response Target malware

Most antivirus programs classify dae.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: e.g. Adware:Win32/AdHelper (detected by Microsoft), and Adware.Adhelper (detected by Symantec). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated Response Target 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 Response Target and how to get rid of it.

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Dae.dll file information

The process known as Response Target belongs to software Response Target by unknown.

Description: Dae.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Dae.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder—generally C:\WINDOWS\system32\ or C:\Program Files\Avid\Avid Xpress DV\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 60,416 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 81A99149-F047-4090-8AAD-D11FF4EFB734. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The dae.dll file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The dae.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. The service has no detailed description. The file is not a Windows system file. dae.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 76% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of dae.dll, you can completely remove DAE (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify dae.dll related errors

External information from Tony Klein:

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

Was installing BETA 1.93 of AutoGK. Not sure if it's dangerous or not, can't find any info about it. Might just be an update tool or something, but seems weird for it to be a BHO object when AutoGK is nothing to do with IE. Very odd.
When installed - very rarely it shows ads relevant to the websites you're visiting.
  Kresimir Pavlovic  
Associated with a program called Auto Gk which actually contains adware/spyware/malware. It sends certain keywords from IE (like stuff you search for) to and it can be uninstalled from Add/Remove Programs.
is a adware part, from gordian knot prog.
I've found 'AdWare' strings inside the file.. It also shows up as DAE in Add/Remove Programs
it sends every pagevisit to
Installed with Digidesign Pro Tools. Digidesign Audio Engine. ©1998-2003 Digidesign, A Division of Avid Technology, Inc.
  Steve Tew  
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  chipkeith   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of dae.dll: based on 7 votes with 8 user comments. 2 users think dae.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think dae.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade dae.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving dae issues

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