There are other programs that also use a file by that name. (I find Citrix uses it also.) Have you tried doing a search of the computer to see if there are other files of that name on the machine.. It might give you a clue as to its source.
Hope this helps.
I'm running Windows XP/home on a Compac PC, and I use Internet Explorer 6.26.
I noticed SPHOOK.DLL on my desktop this afternoon--I'm not sure how long it has been there. Clicking on "properties" told me nothing about it, so I did an online search. There's not much, but what I did find suggests that it is some type of malware that crashes Internet Explorer.
Now, I have been having that problem -- IE crashing after about five minutes being online--for the last week or so.
If sphook.dll is the cause of my IE crashes, do I simply remove it? Is it one of those things that, if I remove it, it replicates itself automatically somewhere else?
Also, I update and run Ad-Aware 7 and SpyBot religiously--every day at the end of my work--and I have AVG on "automatic." If it is malware, how did it get into my PC?
Thank you very much for any enlightenment you can give me; CNET Forum resource people are the BEST!