How to Get Rid of Dllhost.exe

By Richard Kalinowski

Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files are executable files used to allocate resources for performing software tasks. In other words, DLL files help programs work properly in Windows. The program dllhost.exe is used in conjunction with many DLL files to passively manage and access DLL files. Without a functioning DLL host file, your computer's operating system could become unstable, resulting in the dreaded blue screen of death. Under normal operating circumstances, you should never get rid of dllhost.exe. However, if you're doing any sort of advanced modifications to your computer's software or operating system, an advanced user may get rid of dllhost.exe in favor of a different DLL manager program.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" menu in the Windows task bar. Click "Computer."

Step 2

Click on your primary hard drive. This is usually the "C" drive. Click "Windows" from within the "C" drive.

Step 3

Click "System32." Right-click on the dllhost.exe file.

Step 4

Click "Properties." Click on the "Security" tab.

Step 5

Click "Advanced" under the permissions heading. By default, dllhost.exe is read-only, and you do not have the permissions to modify or delete it.

Step 6

Enter your administrator password if prompted.

Step 7

Click on the "Effective Permissions" tab and select "Full Control." This gives you the ability to delete the file. Click "OK."

Step 8

Right-click on the dllhost.exe file again and select "delete."

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not delete the dllhost.exe file unless you have already installed different program with a similar function. Without any DLL management software, your operating system won't function properly.