Runtime Error 13 is an error that usually will appear at the most inopportune times. This error can be caused by a large number of factors but generally is caused by two main issues. The two reasons that this error code typically appears is either due to a conflict in software that is running on the system, or a malicious program has infected the system and caused an issue that would bring up runtime error 13.
The first cause of runtime error code 13 is when there are multiple programs running on the system. When a lot of different programs are running there will be many programs accessing different coding written in the Visual Basics Environment and eventually there will become a corruption of the code. When this code becomes corrupted then the runtime error 13 dialogue box will appear. This is not a good sign as it means that there were multiple actions trying to read similar areas, to the point that the code was no longer stable. If this issue is brought up and the text is advising that the issue being encountered is runtime error 13 then it is best to work backwards from the last actions that were taken.
Many programs access the Visual Basics Environment, however the most likely programs that cause runtime error 13 are Financial based programs, Microsoft Excel, and real time security programs such as Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware programs. When working backwards the easiest way to try to resolve the issue is to make a list of the last programs that were opened or initiated and then restart the system and re-run all the same programs again.
If runtime error 13 appears again with the same programs being used it is best to visit the software vendors websites or try to find any known issues that would cause runtime error 13 to appear. Typically, if this program is happening on one system then these error codes are happening to other computer users as well. If this issue has been reported by many users then many software publishers will create a patch or fix to address the issues that are causing runtime error 13 to appear.
The second possible cause is that a file has become unstable due to malicious programs actions, and with this instability comes issues that would bring up runtime error 13. Many malicious programs such as viruses, spyware, and adware will create or change random system files. In some cases these files are vital in the ability to launch certain programs, and without the files working correctly then the code becomes unstable and create a runtime error 13.
If this is the case the best thing to do is to run a full scan with the security product on the system to try to identify the infection and remove the cause of the altered files. If there is no security software on the system it is best to install a security program as it will detect the infection and remove the software. If, after the malicious program has been removed, there are still runtime 13 errors appearing it is best to try the method mentioned above and make a list of the programs running when the error appears. Sometimes the damage has already done to a vital file, in which case a complete uninstall and reinstall is required to fix the broken or corrupt file.
Another tool helpful in removing Runtime Error 13 is a registry cleaner. There are many registry cleaners available online that will automatically scan the systems registry and identify corrupt or broken items. Once these items are identified it is easier to deal with the issues as they become obvious as to which file is required to get rid of Runtime Error 13.
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