DLLEscort removal instructions
What is DLLEscort?
DLLEscort is advertised as tool which fixes .dll, .exe, .sys, .ocx, and other errors, DirectX problems, maintain and keeps a computer clean and fast, and prevents applications and computer from crashing. However, this program is distributed through installers of other programs. In other words, it is included in their setups as additional offer. It is common that users download and install programs that are distributed this way unknowingly. Therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
DLLEscort is not a free program, its users have to register (purchase) it. The problem with paying money for such PUAs is that they often are designed generate a fake scan result list - they detect fake issues. The main purpose of developers behind such programs is to trick users into believing that there are various errors on the system (or other problems) that can be fixed with their software. It is unknown whether DLLEscort is one of those PUAs, although, there is such a possibility. Therefore, it is recommended not to pay for registration (or activation) of software like DLLEscort and use only legitimate programs. It is worthwhile to mention that download and/or installation setups often are used to distribute multiple PUAs at one. It means that DLLEscort may be distributed alongside with some other PUAs. For example, browser hijackers, adware-type applications. Typically, browser hijackers are designed to promote address of one or another fake search engine by changing certain browser settings. Also, they often function as information tracking tools by gathering information related to user's browsing activities. Usually they target browsing-related data like geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, IP addresses, and other browsing data. The problem with it is that their developers can misuse collected information to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), or in other ways. It is worthwhile to mention that some browser hijackers can be designed to record personal, sensitive details. Adware-type apps are unwanted programs that serve advertisements. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other types of ads. Users who click those advertisements allow them to open untrustworthy websites or even cause downloads and/or installations of various PUAs by executing certain scripts. If any browser hijacker and/or adware-type app is already installed on a browser (and/or computer), then it should be uninstalled. It is not recommended to trust and have programs like DLLEscort installed as well.
|Name||DLLEscort potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This program supposed to fix DLL, DirectX and other errors|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), AVG (Win32:Malware-gen), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/DLLEscort.A Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
There are more programs like DLLEscort, some examples are Dll-Files Fixer, ScanUtilities and System Care Pro. It is common that they are advertised as legitimate. However, quite often they generate fake scan results so that unsuspecting users would spend money on their activation/registration.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
It is common that users download and/or install unwanted apps (adware, browser hijackers and other PUAs) when they are included in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Usually offers to download and/or install PUAs can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings/options of setups. However, not all users check those settings when they download and install programs. If they leave them unchanged, then they agree with offers to download and/or install any included PUAs. In some cases such apps can be unknowingly downloaded and/or installed by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The safest way to download software, files is to use only official websites and direct links. Tools, channels such as third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial pages, etc., should not be used. Also, it is recommended to always check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of any installation or download setup and make sure that there they do not contain offers to download and/or install some unwanted software. Additionally, it is advised not to trust (click) ads that appear on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. Quite often those ads open other shady pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. If there are any suspicious, unwanted plug-ins, add-ons or extensions installed on a web browser (or programs of this kind installed on a computer), then they should be uninstalled as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of DLLEscort application (GIF):
Installation setup of DLLEscort application:
Website promoting DLLEscort application:
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- What is DLLEscort?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "DLLEscort" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At time of research, DLLEscort did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dllescort potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dllescort potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with dllescort potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dllescort potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove dllescort potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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