How To Fix "The specified module could not be found" Error?

How To Fix "The specified module could not be found" Error In Windows 10

As the name suggests, "The specified module could not be found" error is a RunDLL error and it is related to DLL file. All .dll files are linked to Windows Registry and they are used to run various tasks processed by various programs at a time. RunDLL errors usually occurs when a program is not granted access to a particular code. These errors can be caused by a virus or malware as well.

This "The specified module could not be found" error usually occurs on Windows startup or when you are trying to launch a particular program and this error is usually caused by corrupt or missing .dll files. This could be also caused by malfunctions in Windows Registry that originated from programs that failed to be uninstalled correctly. So, the main reasons for this error are: corrupt or missing .dll files, damaged Windows Registry entries, incorrect installation or uninstallation of programs, malware infections and outdated drivers. The error usually specifies what part of the system is malfunctioning and provides you a full path to the exact .dll file. Having this information makes it easier to solve this problem. However, as we mentioned above, this error could be caused not only by a system corruption but by some malware infection as well.

There are many programs that can fix or clean your registry, detect and remove viruses from your computer automatically, however, not all of them are capable to do so every time and you might need to do some manual work in order to be able to fix the problem. In this guide we are going to show you some methods that could possibly solve the problem and fix the "The specified module could not be found" error for you. Read the guide below and follow our described steps.

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Run System File Checker

System File Checker (SFC) is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This guide describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files (including .DLL files). If a Windows Resource Protection (WRP) file is missing or is corrupted, Windows may not behave as expected. For example, some Windows functions may not work, or Windows may crash. The "sfc scannow" option is one of the several specific switches available in the sfc command, the Command Prompt command used to run System File Checker. To run it you need to open Command Propmt first. To open it type "command prompt" in Search and then right-click on the "Command Prompt", select "Run as administrator" from the dropdown menu to run Command Prompt with administrator privileges. You must run an elevated Command Prompt in order to be able to perform SFC scan.

run system file checker step 1

In opened Command Prompt window type "sfc /scannow" and press Enter on your keyboard to execute this command. System File Checker will start and it should take some time to complete the scan. It should take about 15 minutes. Wait for the scanning process to complete and restart your computer. See if this fixes the "The specified module could not be found" error.

run system file checker step 2

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Scan Your System For Viruses

Perform a full system scan and see if it detects any malware on your computer. You can use Windows Defender (built-in antivirus program) which protects your computer against viruses, spyware, other malicious software. To run full system scan using Windows Defender type "virus" in Search and click on the "Virus & threat protection" result.

scan your system for viruses step 1

In the Virus & threat protection window, click "Advanced scan".

scan your system for viruses step 2

Select "Full scan" and click "Scan now". This will start scanning your system for malware. If there are any viruses found, delete them.

scan your system for viruses step 3

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If your antivirus was unable to find any viruses or malware related to the .dll file mentioned in the error, then you might need to run a malware scan in Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a diagnostic start-up mode in Windows operating systems used to obtain limited access to Windows when the operating system does not start or function normally. It is the opposite of Normal Mode, which starts Windows in the usual manner. Safe Mode is available on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and most older versions of Windows.

One of the most common steps when troubleshooting a computer is to boot into Safe Mode. Safe Mode starts Windows in a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers. It can help to troubleshoot problems on your computer, and it can be effective way to scan your system for malware. Read this guide to find out how to start your Windows in Safe Mode.

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End Processes Related To The Particular .Dll

First, type "file explorer options" in Search and select the File Explorer Options result from the contextual menu.

end processes related to the particular dll step 1

In File Explorer Options window go to "View" tab and you will see a list of options under "Advanced settings". Enable the "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" option and then untick "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" option as well. Click "Apply" to save the changes.

end processes related to the particular dll step 2

Now start your Windows in Safe Mode again, only this time do it in "Safe Mode with Networking". Start your Windows in Safe Mode with Networking and open Task Manager. To open Task Manager press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard or simply right-click Start and select "Task Manager".

end processes related to the particular dll step 3

In the "Processes" tab find the program that is associated with the .dll file that is causing the "The specified module could not be found" error, right-click it and select "End task" from the contextual menu.

end processes related to the particular dll step 4

And finally you need to make some changes in Windows Registry. Windows Registry, usually referred to as just the registry, is a collection of databases of configuration settings in Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is used to store much of the information and settings for software programs, hardware devices, user preferences, operating system configurations, and much more. Many of the options exposed in the registry are not accessible elsewhere in Windows. In order to edit your registry you will need to use Windows Registry Editor. To open Registry Editor right-click the Start button again and select "Run" from the contextual menu. Type "regedit" and press Enter or click "OK".

end processes related to the particular dll step 5

Now follow these paths and delete these entries by right-clicking on each of them and selecting "Delete" from the contextual menu:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

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Restart your computer and see if this fixed the "The specified module could not be found" error.

That's it, we hope these solutions were helpful and you were able to fix the "The specified module could not be found" error by following our described steps. If there is another method that solved the problem for you and it is not mentioned in our guide - do not hesitate to share it with us by leaving a comment in our comment section below.

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