comctl32.dll - Is comctl32.dll spyware, adware, or a virus?

what is comctl32.dll?
Purpose of comctl32.dll:



Process or task name:

Be sure to always double check your spelling if you are concerned about spyware, as often spyware will use a very similiar spelling of system processes or other common tasks. comctl32.dll

File type:
Dll program - Files that have a dll extension are called modules/functions or programs loaded into memory.

Purpose of this file:
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). Visit comctl32.dll for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the comctl32.dll location, where is it stored on my computer?
This file will be found on your hard drive at C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\comctl32.dll


Note on file and folder locations: Remember that although many files are always in default file locations, some files can easily be moved to different locations or change names like many spyware, adware, or popup programs do. If you suspect you have spyware or adware, check to see if you see a similiar names stored elsewhere. It always helps to check your tasklist also to see what is currently running on your computer. You can always view the tasklist on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view your "task manager", and then click the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running on your computer. Dll files will NOT show on your computer tasklist, as dll files are actually part of other processes. You may see similiar program names running if spyware or adware is on your computer, for example, comctl32.dll may be slightly misspelled to keep you from finding it, or spyware and adware may be named very similiar to a system file. Make sure always check the location of tasks or processes if you are concerned. comctl32.dll can also be used by other programs or software, as there is no standard on software program names what companies choose.

  • Is comctl32.dll spyware?
        No.

  • Is this considered adware or popup related?
        No.

  • Is this considered a virus or trojan?
        No.

  • Would you recommend that I remove comctl32.dll?
        No, I would not remove this file.

  • View All Tasks and Processes
    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). This file will be found on your hard drive at C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\comctl32.dll Please feel free to check www.what-is-exe.com for any future lookups or updates, as this index is continually changing and expanding.