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What is comcat.dll?

Part of Microsoft Component Category Manager Library by Microsoft

What is it?

As the number of available components grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage these components. In terms of the interfaces they expose as well as the tasks they perform, many components offer similar functionality.
Description of comcat.dll from Microsoft
It is often necessary to enumerate the components that can be used in a certain context. Examples of this are the Insert Object dialog box used in OLE compound documents and the Insert Control dialog box used in OLE controls. These dialog boxes list all components that fulfill (or claim to fulfill) the interface contracts for compound documents or controls. These existing categories (OLE document, OLE control) do not imply an exact interface signature.
(comcat.dll is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How is comcat.dll loaded?

ActiveX install - comcat.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {0686A8BF-569D-4FEB-B668-940C72BEBA4F}. ActiveX controls are sapplications that are used within Internet Explorer. They can enhance your browsing experience by allowing animation or they can help with tasks such as installing security updates at Microsoft Update. Some websites require you to install ActiveX controls to see the site or perform certain tasks on it.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the comcat.dll file.Of the 0.1% of comcat.dll users, less than 1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

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What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: comcat.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Microsoft Component Category Manager Library
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Product version: 6.1.7600.16385
Size: 7 KB
Original file name: comcat.dll
Windows file protection: Yes

ActiveX install details

CLSID: {DE3135A8-D948-49DC-ABBC-B2EFF418E5FD}

Image hashes

MD5: 1e98d239010c9500cc9cc738100f5578
SHA-1: 9c5534be4ec98574207e79f2e561bc58a61c8163

PE image details

File entropy: 2.18257
File packed: No
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