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What is url.dll?

Part of Windows® Internet Explorer by Microsoft

What is it?

The Internet Explorer Internet Shortcut Shell Extension DLL handles Internet Shortcuts API for managing shortcuts to URL locations.
Description of url.dll from Microsoft
Internet Explorer is designed to make it easy to browse and interact with websites on your intranet or on the Internet.
(url.dll is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How is url.dll loaded?

Scheduled task - url.dll is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Microsoft_Hardware_Launch_rundll32_exe'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
Shell open command - url.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of news with and identifier of rundll32.exe url.dll,NewsProtocolHandler %l. A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.
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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the url.dll file.Of the 0.2% of url.dll users, less than 1% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Windows® Internet Explorer?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: url.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows® Internet Explorer
Description: Internet Shortcut Shell Extension DLL
Version: 8.00.7601.18472 (win7SP1_GDR_escrow.140527-0630)
Product version: 8.00.7601.18472
Size: 131 KB
Original file name: URL.DLL
Windows file protection: Yes

Scheduled task details

Name: \Open URL by RoboForm

Shell open command details

Name: telnet
Command: "C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe" "C:\Windows\System32\url.dll",TelnetProtocolHandler %l

Image hashes

MD5: 9ae6cf540337b36b662bcc296e533f3a
SHA-1: 7cdc8733d4d5fb4deb5f31fe4384bc26e6367c81

PE image details

File entropy: 5.60832
File packed: No
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