Is comctl32.dll safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of comctl32.dll:









File purpose and description:

This comctl32.dll file would have most likely arrived as preinstalled software on your computer. The actual disk and folder location is also listed below. This file goes by the name common controls. Note that many other spyware programs may use this name, so the disk location should be verified. This is a BHO that can run in your browser but is also known as the common controls library for windows. It is an essential program that provides many GUI functions to your system. This file is considered safe and is not virus or spyware related. (Can be both a BHO or not a BHO). (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
comctl32.dll

File type:
This is a DLL software module

File or folder location:
This file will be found on your hard drive at C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\comctl32.dll


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, comctl32.dll may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of comctl32.dll on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!