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“Wow.dll” is a virus file that is responsible for executing the parasite’s destructive payload on your device. It implements itself as a Windows plugin, which may prevent it from appearing in antivirus scans and require manual deletion. However, some third-party antivirus software may detect it as a virus and delete or modify it automatically.
The common cause is that it is malware that has been removed from your antivirus, but still appears in the list of programs that Windows starts at startup.
The error message indicates the following path:
To correct WOW.DLL has stopped working error
- Get a copy of the WOW64.DLL DLL under C:\Windows\System32 from another Windows 7 PC (I used a friend’s PC). Copy it to a USB stick.
- Restart your PC in safe mode (press F8 during startup).
- Navigate to C:\Windows\System32, right-click on Wow64.dll and select Properties.
- In the Wow64.dll Properties window, go to the Security tab and click Advanced.
- Go to the Owners tab and change the owner to Administrators (the current owner would normally be TrustedInstaller). You can also do this from a high prompt:
- In the high prompt, navigate to C:\Windows\System32.
- Type the following command:
TAKEOWN /F WOW64.DLL
- You should receive a confirmation message that says “SUCCESS: The file (or folder): “File name” now belongs to the user “Computer name\user name”.
- If successful, type the following command:
ICACLS WOW64.DLL /grant administrators:F
- Delete or move your current Wow64.dll file to another folder.
- Copy the external copy of Wow64.dll (from step 1 above) into the C:\Windows\System32 folder on your system.
- Restart your PC normally.
Download the zip folder of the addon.
- Right-click on the folder. Select “Extract all”.
- Click on the “Browse” button.
- Navigate to the Addon folder.
C: > Program Files(x86) > World of Warcraft > Interface > Addons
- Select the line of the Addons folder. Click on “Select a folder”. (Returns to the beginning with the correct path in the address field of the tool).
- Click on the Extract button.
- When you update a currently installed addon, a dialog box appears. Select “Replace files at destination” (replaces files from the old addon).
- If you now have a few addons to install, the tool will remember the location, so after the first one, it will be quick and easy.
Deleting files with Disk Cleanup
Allows you to delete the contents of the “Temp” folder, you can use Hard Disk Cleanup to do this.
Or follow these steps to delete temporary folders and check if it helps you, here are the steps:
a. Click on Start, type %temp% in the search box and press Enter.
b. Press Ctrl + A to select and delete all content.
Once you have clarified this, follow these steps:
a. Click on Start, click on Computer.
b. Open drive C, go to the Temp folder, delete all the content, and see if it helps.
Update your video card drivers
Sometimes this error can be caused by an incompatible graphics driver. To avoid such problems, it is therefore recommended to update the drivers of your video card.
AMD owners have complained about this problem, and upgrading the AMD drivers to the latest version has solved the problem for them.
If you have a Nvidia graphics card, it is also recommended to update your drivers to the latest version.
Perform a clean boot process
If the system is in a Clean Boot state, no third-party applications or drivers should be run. Thus, if the parasite occurs with a Windows service or a third-party application, we can determine which application or service has implemented it. To perform a clean start:
- Press “Windows” + “R” simultaneously to open the command prompt.
- Type “msconfig” and press “Enter”.
- Check the “Services” tab and uncheck the “Hide all Microsoft services” box.
- Click the Disable All button, then click the Start tab.
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