Is msntb.dll safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of msntb.dll:









File purpose and description:

Msntb.dll is a file that normally gets installed when you install MSN Messenger. You can get around this by unselecting the install option when you install MSN messenger (you can also use AIM Instant Messenger as both are free and all have video and sound capabilities). Be sure to verify the exact hard drive location shown below. This file adds a toolbar onto your Internet Explorer, many are reporting crashes on some sites after installing this. This file is considered safe and is not known to be a spyware or adware related program, as it simply adds a toolbar and you can remove msntb.dll if you wish. (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)
msntb.dll

File type:
This is an executable program

File or folder location:
This program is currently located at C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar Suite\TB\02.05.0001.1119\en-us\msntb.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, msntb.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 msntb.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!