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How To Fix DLL Errors

Tips To Repair PC Errors Related To Missing DLL Files

A Windows computer consists of several DLL files that allow your software and operating system to perform its functions efficiently. As DLL files are present in huge numbers, it is likely that every now and then a DLL error may crop up on your screen. However, there is no need to press the panic button when you see a DLL error message. With a little knowledge and effort you can easily resolve DLL errors on your own.

A DLL error may occur due to a variety of reasons ranging from a missing or corrupt DLL, malware infection, registry issues, outdated device drivers, overwriting of a current version of a DLL with an older version and so on. The majority of DLL errors occur because of missing DLL files and this will be the focal point of our discussion. In this article, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Reasons why a DLL file may go missing.
  • Examples of common missing DLL file error messages.
  • How to repair missing DLL errors.

Reasons Behind Missing DLLs

To begin with, let’s look at some of the most common reasons that may cause a DLL file to go missing:

  • Removal of the DLL files by mistake.
  • Removal of a shared DLL file during uninstallation of a program.
  • Malware infection.

Examples of Missing DLL Error Messages

Now, let’s get familiar with some of the common error messages that may appear on your screen when a DLL file goes missing:

  • msvbvm60.dll” not found
  • The file “msvcr80.dll” is missing

Steps to Resolve Missing DLL Errors:

To fix DLL errors that occur due to a missing DLL file, you need to get a new copy of that DLL file and save it to its default location.

However, you must first ensure that a malware infection is not the cause behind the missing DLL error. Malware programs often modify, misplace, or delete important files and cause recurring DLL errors, such as msvbm60.dll and msvcr80.dll errors. To identify and remove malware, run a malware scan using advanced antivirus, and antispyware tools. In case your PC is reported to be clean and free from infection, move to the next step of procuring the missing DLL file. 

Depending upon the reason for the missing DLL file, you may use any of the following methods to procure the missing DLL file and resolve DLL errors:

  • Use a reliable file recovery tool – If you accidentally deleted the DLL file and also removed it from your Recycle Bin, you may use an efficient file recovery tool to recover the lost DLL file.
  • Download the missing DLL file from the Internet – This is the most convenient way of replacing the DLL file. However, words of caution before you download the missing DLL file from a web site, always check the authenticity of the site.
  • Reinstall the application – Uninstall and then reinstall the application with which you are getting the missing DLL error. When you install an application again, all the files that the application requires are also installed.
  • Extract the missing DLL file from the Windows installation CD – If the DLL file in question is a Windows file, you may extract a copy of the missing DLL file from your Windows installation disc.

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