How to Fix Libcurl.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for Libcurl.dll Errors

Screenshot of a libcurl.dll error message
Libcurl.dll Error.

Libcurl.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the libcurl DLL file.

In some cases, libcurl.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.

How to Recognize libcurl.dll Errors

There are several different ways that libcurl.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ones:

Libcurl.dll Not Found
This application failed to start because libcurl.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
Cannot find [PATH]\libcurl.dll
The file libcurl.dll is missing.
Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: libcurl.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again.

Libcurl.dll error messages might appear while using or installing certain programs, when Windows starts or shuts down, or maybe even during a Windows installation.

The context of the libcurl.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem.

The libcurl.dll error message could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems, including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

Some popular programs that are known to use the libcurl.dll file, and could, therefore, be involved in a DLL file error, include Microsoft Office, Notepad++, OpenOffice, VMware Workstation, and Adobe Photoshop.

How to Fix Libcurl.dll Errors

Do not download libcurl.dll from a "DLL download" website. There are many reasons why downloading a DLL file is a bad idea. If you need a copy of libcurl.dll, it's best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.

Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of the following steps if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the libcurl.dll error.

  1. Restore libcurl.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" libcurl.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it.

    If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted libcurl.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover libcurl.dll with a free file recovery program.

    Recovering a deleted copy of libcurl.dll with a file recovery program is a smart idea only if you're confident you've deleted the file yourself and that it was working properly before you did that.

  2. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some libcurl.dll errors could be related to a virus or other malware infection on your computer that has damaged the DLL file. The libcurl.dll error you're seeing might even be related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file.

  3. Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the libcurl.dll error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, a System Restore could solve the problem.

  4. Reinstall the program that uses the libcurl.dll file. If the libcurl.dll DLL error occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling the program should replace the file.

    Try your best to complete this step. Reinstalling the program that provides the libcurl.dll file, if possible, is a likely solution to this DLL error.

    Before reinstalling, you might need to completely remove the program using a free uninstaller tool since some basic, built-in uninstallers do not remove every single remnant of a program's installation files. If some of those files are left over, they could cause the same or other DLL errors later.

  5. Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to libcurl.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file libcurl.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card.

    The libcurl.dll file may or may not be related to video cards; this was just an example. The key here is to pay very close attention to the context of the error and troubleshoot accordingly.

  6. Roll back a driver to a previously installed version if libcurl.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.

  7. Install any available Windows updates. Many service packs and other patches replace or update some of the hundreds of Microsoft distributed DLL files on your computer. The libcurl.dll file could be included in one of those updates.

  8. Test your memory and then test your hard drive. We've left the majority of hardware troubleshooting to the last step, but your computer's memory and hard drive are easy to test and are the most likely components that might cause libcurl.dll errors as they fail.

    If the hardware fails any of your tests, replace the memory or replace the hard drive as soon as possible.

  9. Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual libcurl.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.

  10. Use a free registry cleaner to repair libcurl.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid libcurl.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.

    We rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners. We've included the option here as a "last resort" attempt before the destructive step coming up next.

  11. Perform a clean installation of Windows. A clean install of Windows will erase everything from the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows. If none of the steps above correct the libcurl.dll error, this should be your next course of action.

    All the information on your hard drive will be erased during a clean install. Make sure you've made the best attempt possible to fix the libcurl.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.

  12. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any libcurl.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.

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