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mscvrl.dll not found???<<HELP!


FPCH New Member
Jan 24, 2007

I'm new to these forums.

I've gone to log on to the internet on my PC and it won't let me it appears saying...

"This application has failed to start because msvcrl.dll was not found"

I don't have a clue what this means. Can anyone please help.


FPCH New Member
Mar 4, 2007
if someone sends me a link in an e-mail
i cant activate it,i just click away and nothing happens


FPCH Member
Apr 15, 2007
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Operating System
Windows XP - Professional
The file msvcrl.dll is part of Trojan.Looksky. There are plenty overviews of Looksky around the net.
It's delivered either by hoax email or "drive by download" among others.

The msvcrl.dll is not a file required by Internet Explorer. What's happened is the Internet Explorer executable (iexplore.exe) has been patched by malware to use this malicious DLL code library. The malware infection that includes msvcrl.dll has been removed - most likely by an anti-virus or anti-spyware program; hence the error when you try to use Internet Explorer.

It's easily fixed by using System File Checker.

To run system file checker:

1. Insert your Windows XP installation disc.

NOTE: If you use an OEM system (Dell, HP, Packard Bell, IBM etc) proceed to 2. OEM systems rarely come with the XP installation CD. However the installation files are usually in a folder on your hard drive called "\I386". The registry has information on where the installation files are so SFC will be able to find it automatically.

2. Click Start ---> Run, then type in "sfc /scannow" and hit the Enter key.

3. System File Checker will display a dialog with a progress indicator. Wait for this to finish.

4. Once SFC is done try using Internet Explorer to verify everything is now okay.