If you have gotten an error that rundll32.Exe is missing, that is a file that is required by windows in order to operate properly. The Rundll32 file operates as a bridge between what is called your dynamic link library files and many of the peripherals or devices attached to your computer. Incorrectly or incomplete installations can be a potential cause.
The error can pop up any time that an application is attempting to access a .Dll file. It usually comes up in the event of the file becoming deleted or corrupt. It basically translates to a device not being able to communicate with the rest of the computer.
Depending on your version of windows it is possible to find a copy of it in two additional locations:
It needs to be in this location: c:\windows\rundll32.exe
If you are unable to locate this file, or are still having issues, you might have been hit with spyware or a virus that is directed at this file. It could have replaced the file with a fake version, or tweaked the registry to not be looking at the correct location.
To check to see if this is the case, or you still are getting the rundll32.Exe is missing, start with a anti-spyware application. Use an application like Spybot Search and Destroy to scan your computer for malicious software or registry entries. It takes a while, but will check and identify many issues such as applications that might be altering registry keys and re-altering the rundll.Exe file.
Once you have scanned for and cleaned up any spyware issues, proceed to running a registry cleaner. It will check for problems with your registry keys and fix them. How long it takes will depend on how many applications you have installed. Chances are between a virus scan, spyware scan, and cleaning the registry the rundll32.Exe is missing error will be cleaned up. To keep it from popping up in the future, or if it comes back, it is recommended to use a spyware blocker and perform periodic spyware and registry scans.
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