Missing Sporder.dll Error ? How to Correct It?

What is sporder.dll?

The sporder.dll module is associated with Windows and is required for internet connection. Depending upon your Windows operating system, by default, the file is located in C:\Windows\System32 or C:\Winnt\System32 folder.

Is it safe to delete sporder.dll?

No, do not delete this file. If sporder.dll is absent from your file or is misplaced you will not be able to connect to the Internet.

Cause of Sporder.dll issues

Many malware programs are known to use the sporder.dll file to carry out spyware-related functions on your computer. This is one of the main reasons why certain antimalware tools are known to delete or quarantine this file. This may result in problems associated with internet connection.

You may encounter the following error messages when you boot your system or try to run an application that requires an internet connection:

  • ?The file sporder.dll not found?
  • ?Unable to locate component. This application failed to start because Sporder.dll was not found. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem.?
  • ?The sporder.dll file is missing ?

Resolution Methods

If you have a Windows XP SP2 computer, you need to perform the following steps to fix the sporder.dll missing or not found error:

  1. On the Start menu, select the Run command.
  2. In the Open box, type cmd and press Enter.
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type Netsh int reset all and press Enter.
  4. Next, type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter.
  5. Finally, reboot your computer.

On a Windows Vista computer, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to Start, click All Programs then Accessories.
  2. Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator.
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type Netsh int reset all and press Enter.
  4. Next, type ipconfig /flushdnsand and press Enter.
  5. Finally, restart your computer.

Is sporder.dll a spyware?

No, the sporder.dll is a legitimate Windows file. However, it is known to be used by spyware or adware programs for malicious purposes. The following malware are known to use this file:

  • Adware.NewdotNet [PC Tools]
  • WebHancer

Malware programs, such as ones listed above may create sporder.dll under following filenames:

%ProgramFiles%\adware away\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\agava spamprotexx\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\ashampoo\ashampoo firewall pro\tools\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\bellsouth accelerator technology\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\hide my ip 2007\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\hide my ip 2008\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\hide my ip 2009\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\high speed dial-up\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\isdefense.net isdn accel\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\netscape accelerator\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\netscape online accelerator\sporder.dll
%ProgramFiles%\speedbit video accelerator\sporder.dll


  • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that points to the Program File folder. By default it is C:\Program Files.
  • %System% is a variable that points to the System folder. By default, for Windows XP/Vista it is C:\Windows\System 32 and for Windows NT/2000 it is C:\Winnt\System32
  • %Temp% is a variable that points to your temporary folder. By default, it is C:\Documents and Settings[username]\Local Settings\Temp\
  • %Windir% is a variable that points to your Windows installation folder. By default, it C:\Windows for Windows XP/Vista and C:\Winnt for Windows NT\2000.

How to prevent spyware/adware programs from entering your system

To prevent malware, such as Adware.NewdotNet [PC Tools] and WebHancer from infiltrating your system, install reliable antimalware tools, such as Spyware Cease and STOPzilla Antivirus on your system and schedule regular virus/malware scan of your entire PC.

You may also use an efficient registry tool, such as RegServe, to scan and clean malware registry entries. Cleaning these malicious entries helps in complete removal of malware and reduces the chances of their recreation by manifolds.