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How to Remove MSIEtk1020.dll from Your Computer

To completely purge MSIEtk1020.dll from your computer, you need to delete the files and folders associated with MSIEtk1020.dll. These files and folders are respectively listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the MSIEtk1020.dll files and folders, see the following section How to Delete MSIEtk1020.dll Files (.exe, .dll, etc.).

How to Delete MSIEtk1020.dll Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)^

The files and folders associated with MSIEtk1020.dll are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the MSIEtk1020.dll files and folders:

  1. Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
  2. Note: The paths use certain special folders (conventions) such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. Please note that these conventions are depending on Windows Version / Language. These conventions are explained here.
  3. Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.


Browser Helper Object, or BHO, is a dynamic link library (DLL) that runs whenever Internet Explorer is started. Generally, BHOs are included in installation of third-party programs where they are offered as enhancements of the browser functionality. For example, many Internet Explorer plug-ins are in essence BHOs.

BHOs can be installed silently or “legitimately” when a user fails to read the fine print included in the freeware program’s EULA (End User License Agreement).

Because BHOs are small programs, they can do anything that other programs can do. It’s not easy to detect the BHOs installed on the computer. This enables hackers and other malevolent users to employ the BHO functionality in their interests, for example, secretly install adware programs or gather various statistics on the user’s browsing trends.

Be Aware of the Following BHO Threats:

Horneyvision, QPHelper.dll, NetPal.PrizePopper, TrafficSector, MsjGet30.

How Did My PC Get Infected with MSIEtk1020.dll?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with MSIEtk1020.dll:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like MSIEtk1020.dll. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like MSIEtk1020.dll.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including MSIEtk1020.dll, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting MSIEtk1020.dll^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with MSIEtk1020.dll:

PC is working very slowly

MSIEtk1020.dll can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with MSIEtk1020.dll.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

MSIEtk1020.dll can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. MSIEtk1020.dll may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

MSIEtk1020.dll may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

MSIEtk1020.dll may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.