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16 January 2008 @ 10am

DLL Errors

Simple Steps You Can Take to Prevent DLL Errors

What Causes DLL Errors?

Many causes exist for DLL errors but there are three primary causes that constitute most of the DLL errors PC-users ever see:

•    Improper software installation
•    Incomplete software un-installation
•    Infection by Spyware and/or computer Viruses

DLL Error Prevention During Software Installation and Un-installation

The first thing you can do to prevent DLL errors is to take extra care whenever installing or uninstalling any applications to or from your PC. Make sure, first of all, that the process runs completely. If for any reason you suspect that a program was not installed completely, consider uninstalling and then reinstalling it, until you’re confident you’ve had a complete installation. By the same token, if you receive a DLL error after uninstalling a program, try reinstalling it and then uninstalling it again only this time without deleting or overwriting the DLL file in question.
Also, when installing or uninstalling anything, be sure not to overwrite shared DLLs or delete any shared DLLs that might be needed by any other applications on your PC. You will always be prompted before any shared DLLs are deleted or overwritten. Before permitting that to happen, research each shared DLL in the list to make sure no other program needs it, or you else could be inviting a whole slew of new trouble later on.
Last but not least, never install freeware offered to you unsolicited, as it is one of the biggest carriers of harmful and malicious code. Even freeware you seek out is suspect, but the freeware offered to you without any efforts on your part are almost certainly riddled with problematic elements.

Keep Your PC Current

Another simple way to help prevent DLL errors on your PC – particularly those types causes by outdated or incompatible files – is to maintain a fully up-to-date system. That means keeping your operating system and all software applications and device drives regularly updated each and every time new security releases, service packs, and patches are released by the manufacturer. This alone will drastically minimize the amount of DLL errors your system will encounter.

Maintain Your Hardware

The software running on your system is only one source of DLL errors. Another is malfunctioning hardware. To prevent DLL errors caused by hardware problems, take care that all of your cables, peripheral devices, and other hardware are connected properly to your computer. Also be attentive to keeping your PC’s internal components free of dust.

The Best DLL Error Protection

Regular AntiVirus, AntiSpyware, and Registry scans are the 3 best measures you can take to protect yourself ongoingly from possible DLL errors. All three types of programs – Anti-Virus Software, Anti-Spyware software, and Registry Repair software (also known as Registry Cleaners) – can be set to run automatically in the background on a regular schedule so that you can benefit from all their protection while you’re free to go about doing whatever it is you’d rather be doing, on your PC or off.