What is SPIRun.dll?

SPIRun.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if SPIRun.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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SPIRun.dll file information

The process known as SPIRun Dynamic Link Library belongs to software SPIRun Dynamic Link Library by Creative Technology (

Description: SPIRun.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The SPIRun.dll file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 10,752 bytes (53% of all occurrences) or 8,704 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. SPIRun.dll is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. SPIRun.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as SPIRun.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SPIRun.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

creative problem
  Jon supler  
It's a creative lab file. The header says P17Helper, so i think its smth about help or online manual.

Summary: Average user rating of SPIRun.dll: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks SPIRun.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving SPIRun issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SPIRun. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the SPIRun.dll process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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