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Fix a DLL Error

Are you getting a DLL error when you go to open a program? Or a warning that says your files are missing or corrupted? These warnings are routine for Windows users, and are easy to fix. A DLL error stands for Dynamic Link Library, and the error refers to missing or incomplete programs.

What Causes DLL Errors?
DLL errors can be caused by uninstalled programs you thought you’d removed. When you use the Windows Uninstall feature (Start -> Control Panel -> Add Or Remove Programs), occasionally the uninstall process will remove a file that other programs use to function normally. Also, a bad installation can cause files to be corrupted before you even use the program. These are common causes for DLL Errors that can be fixed by a free and recommended hard disk scan.


It’s possible to replace the missing files that Windows mistakenly deleted. The easiest way to do this, is to reinstall the deleted program, then uninstall it again — and select ‘no to all’ when you see the dialogue box that asks to delete the files associated with your operating system or other programs. This should restore the missing and repair the DLL error.

If you get a DLL error when you install a new application, this means the program has been updated by the developer / manufacturer. The easiest way to fix this is to go to the program’s website, and look for a software update or new version of the program to download.

Troubleshooting DLL Errors
If these steps don’t work, you can restore your operating system files to an earlier date using System Restore. Go to Start -> Accessories -> System Properties -> System Restore, and follow the prompts in the box to complete the job.

Spyware and Viruses
Spyware is a cookie designed to invade your hard drive and send personal information or browsing history to a third party, without you knowing. If you have DLL errors, it’s possible this is a symptom of Spyware or a virus that is removing parts of programs. If this is the case, the best option is to download a recommended hard disk scan and check for free if you have been targeted by Spyware.

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