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. It is related to DLL (.dll) files, which are linked to Windows Registry and used to run tasks processed by various programs concurrently. RunDLL errors usually occur when a program is not granted access to specific code. These errors can also be caused by a virus or malware.

This "The specified module could not be found" error often occurs on Windows startup or when launching a particular program. It is usually caused by corrupt or missing .dll files. This might be caused by malfunctions in Windows Registry originating from programs that fail to uninstall correctly. So, the main reasons for this error are: 1) corrupt or missing .dll files; 2) damaged Windows Registry entries; 3) incorrect installation or uninstallation of programs; 4) malware infections, and; 5) outdated drivers. The error often specifies which part of the system is malfunctioning and provides a full path to the exact .dll file. Having this information makes it easier to solve this problem, but as mentioned above, the error might be caused not only by a system corruption but also a malware infection.

There are many programs able fix or clean the registry and detect/remove viruses from the computer automatically, however, they are not capable of fixing all issues. Therefore, you might need to do some manual work. In the guide below, we describe various methods to address the "The specified module could not be found" error.

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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 them. 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 corrupted, Windows might not behave as expected. For example, some Windows functions might not work, or Windows might crash. The "sfc scannow" option is one of several specific switches available with the sfc command, the Command Prompt command used to run System File Checker. To run it, first open Command Prompt first by typing "command prompt" in Search, right-click on "Command Prompt", and then select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu to run Command Prompt with administrator privileges. You must run an elevated Command Prompt to be able to perform a SFC scan.

run system file checker step 1

In the Command Prompt window, type "sfc /scannow" and press Enter on the keyboard to execute this command. System File Checker will start and it should take some time to complete the scan (about 15 minutes). Wait for the scanning process to complete and restart the 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 the computer against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. To run a full system scan using Windows Defender, type "virus" in Search and click 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

You can choose a virus and malware scanner from our Top anti-malware list. The list consists of well-known top spyware removers and will help you choose the right software for your computer's protection. Find the list by clicking this link. 

If the antivirus software was unable to find any viruses or malware related to the .dll file mentioned in the error, 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 an effective way to scan the system for malware. Read this guide to find out how to start 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 the File Explorer Options window, go to "View" tab. You will see a list of options under "Advanced settings". Enable the "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" option and then uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" option. Click "Apply" to save the changes.

end processes related to the particular dll step 2

Now start Windows in Safe Mode again, only this time select "Safe Mode with Networking". Start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking and open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on the 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 associated with the .dll file 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

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 the registry, you will need to use Windows Registry Editor. To open Registry Editor, right-click the Start button 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 the entries by right-clicking on each and selecting "Delete" from the contextual menu:


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

We hope that these solutions were helpful and you were able to fix the "The specified module could not be found" error by following the steps. If you know of other methods to solved the problem not mentioned in our guide, please share them with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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