Is mwsbar.dll safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of mwsbar.dll:









File purpose and description:

Mwsbar.dll is a program related to MyWebSearch and it is part of the software that includes programs such as cursor mania, smiley central, a website portal, etc. These can slow your computer down, even if they try to claim these are not adware or spyware related. If you downloaded and installed these things intentionally, you can leave them. If they arrived without your knowledge you can remove them as many of these come installed with other free software programs like greeting cards, cursor mania, etc., so you may not even realize they were installed on your computer! Mywebsearch, popular screensavers, free buddy icons, smiley central, cursor mania, etc. .... these all may install programs which are considered adware or spyware. (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)
mwsbar.dll

File type:
This is a dll program and is called spyware or adware by many.

File or folder location:
Mywebsearch, popular screensavers, free buddy icons, smiley central, cursor mania, etc. .... these all may install programs which are considered adware or spyware. Mwsbar.dll will be found at c:\Program Files\MyWebSearch\bar\1.bin\


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, mwsbar.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 mwsbar.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!