DIY Fix Runtime Errors

There are many reasons your computer may have a Runtime error. It may be causd by memory issues, system conflicts , malware infections, or a variety of other causes that are explained below.

When a piece of software cannot load a piece of code that it needs to run, you will often get a Runtime error message.

What are Runtime Errors?

Software developers create applications in various programming languages. When you run an application, it’s using a code library installed on your computer. Runtime errors happen when the software encounters a problem in the code library. The error could be a bug, a conflict with another program on your computer, or something unexpected that the program doesn’t know how to handle. Either way, you’ll get a runtime error message similar to the one shown below and not much information on how to solve the problem. picture0

How do I fix Runtime Errors?


Option 1: Restart the Software

If you’re lucky, the problem might be solved by something as simple as closing the software and restarting it. If the error appears again, try rebooting your computer. If these steps don’t fix the problem, it’s time to move to another possible fix.

Option 2: Check for Software Updates

Runtime errors can happen when the code libraries on your computer are outdated. Check to see if there are updates available for the software you’re using. Many applications use the Java programming language, so having the latest version of Java can help you avoid runtime errors. Your computer should remind you when you need to update Java, or you can visit the Java website for the latest download.

Option 3: Turn off Internet Explorer Error Messages

Internet Explorer has error messages that help programmers find bugs in websites. Unless you’re writing code, you don’t need to see these messages. Verify that they are turned off by following the steps below:

    1. Open Internet Explorer
    2. Click on the Tools icon and then choose “Internet Options”.


    1. Click the “Advanced” tab and scroll down to the “Browsing” section. Make sure your settings match the three options shown below:


  1. Click “Ok” to save your settings.

Option 4: Reset Internet Explorer

Resetting Internet Explorer will give you a fresh version of the browser, hopefully fixing the runtime error in the process. To reset Internet Explorer:

    1. Open Internet Explorer
    2. Click on the Tools icon and then choose “Internet Options”.
    3. Navigate to the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button.


  1. Click the “Reset” button again on the window that opens.
  2. Internet Explorer will reset to its default settings. When it’s finished, you’ll need to restart your computer.

Option 5: Uninstall Suspicious Programs

Your computer may have spyware and adware programs that you don’t even know about. These malware programs can cause runtime errors by conflicting with other software. Follow the steps below to examine the programs installed on your computer and delete the unwanted ones:

    1. Go to the Start button and click “Control Panel”.


    1. Click “Uninstall a program” under the “Programs” heading.


    1. The window that opens displays all programs loaded on your computer. Look for suspicious programs that might be adware or spyware. You can search online to find out whether or not a program you have might be malware. In the screenshot below, there are several programs that could be removed:


  1. Highlight the program you want to delete and click “Uninstall”.
  2. Answer “yes” on the popup box that opens.
  3. Windows will remove the program from your computer

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