Is shell32.dll safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of shell32.dll:









File purpose and description:

Shell32.dll is a program which was most likely arrived as preinstalled software on your computer. The actual folder location is also listed for you below, always verify where its located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware or adware simply placed elsewhere on your computer, and using the same name in an attempt to fool you. This shell32.dll file is part of the Windows operating system, and the exact file location is listed below. The shell system is important for handling many windows tasks, and is required for your system to be stable. This shell32.dll file is not known to be spyware or adware, although you should always verify the location to make sure the name is not being copied and placed elsewhere as spyware, to make it look like the same program. (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)
shell32.dll

File type:
This is a DLL file

File or folder location:
This program is found on your hard drive at C:\windows\system32\shell32.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, shell32.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 shell32.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!