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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Solving CorelDraw.dll Error Code 998 Problems

Some users have reported issues running CorelDRAW. When they attempt to run it, they receive an error saying "Unable to load Coreldrw.dll (and Corelppt.dll): Error 998" or something very similar to that. This is a classic case of something else being installed on your system that is interfering with CorelDRAW. Most users reporting this issue have found they have malware by the name of "searchqu" installed on their systems. If you have it, you probably didn't intentionally install it. It can be supplied with other shareware or freeware software that you may have installed. Simply removing seachqu should allow CorelDRAW to run successfully again.

A blog post entitled How to Remove Seachqu (Uninstall Guide) provides detailed instructions for removing it from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

1/31/2013 Update: Others have reported finding "search results toolbar APN LLC" installed on their computers which also causes the 998 error. Simply uninstall it and the error should be gone.



OpenID バレーボールの大ファン×Andrey said...

Problem is solved. Big Thanks!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Foster D. Coburn III said...

Glad to hear you were able to solve the problem.

2:16 PM  
Blogger sam said...

it works......thanks a lot buddy....i was really in need of the software urgently....u saved my face....thanks.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Foster D. Coburn III said...

Sam, glad to hear it worked for you.

12:41 PM  
OpenID Dan Gingras (Captdang) said...

Unstalled Searchqu and it now works fine. This is something that will kill Corel...

11:46 AM  
Blogger Foster D. Coburn III said...

Dan, so it is Corel's fault that users have malware installed on their computers? We find that users will go to great extents to get things for free and unfortunately that often leads to installing stuff that comes with malware such as searchqu.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! Simple solution to my problem

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you HEAPS i have spent 3 hours trying to fix it without any luck to now.... uninstall searchqu and your done .. Thank u !!!!

10:29 PM  
Blogger pranay sawant said...

hey this didnt work for me i dont have such file please help me

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My problem still exist! I found no searchqu on my system :-(

4:07 PM  
Blogger Foster D. Coburn III said...

If you don't find searchqu on your system, there is most likely some other flavor of malware causing the problem.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Raihanah Rahmah said...

Alhamdulillah.. Its run well now.. Big big thanks Sir! :)

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thnx a lot

6:47 AM  
Blogger pradessh said...

Problem is solved. its working. Thanks

7:20 AM  
Blogger pradessh said...

Problem is solved. its working.. Thanks

7:20 AM  
Blogger DavidLong said...

thanks guy !! love you !!!

2:42 AM  
Blogger DavidLong said...

thanks guy !!! it's solved !!!

2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You sir are a godsend! Thanks for the fix

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tnx mate., it helps me alot... nice job..,

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have no idea how helpful you have been.thank you :)

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just go to your control panel , and remove the searchqu bar. thats it...

5:15 AM  
Blogger Umar Jafar said...

Thank you soo much it also solved my problem in coreldraw Thanks Allot :)

1:55 AM  
Blogger alhameed.printshop said...

Thank you bro, its working...nice tip

10:49 AM  
Blogger alhameed.printshop said...

Thank you bros, its working....nice tip :-)

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! It solved my problem :)Youre a star!

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks work perflectly

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many Thanks!! I didn't have the "Searchqu" but found
"search results toolbar APN LLC" and after googling what it was decided to uninstall it. My CorelDraw Essential X5 is now working again. Again Many Thanks!!!!

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greatest Thanks and some more to You!!! It Works

8:18 AM  
Blogger gorgenza said...

I have this problem in windows 7 32 bit
what should i do please help :(

5:56 AM  
Blogger gorgenza said...

i have the same error but it is for windows 7 32 bit
what can i do i uninstalled the searchqu toolbar too but still it aint working
:( please help asap

6:00 AM  
Blogger Foster D. Coburn III said...

Most likely you have some other spammy toolbar (like searchqu) installed that is conflicting. Now is as good a time to uninstall all of that extra junk and hopefully it will solve the problem.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Many Thanks!! I didn't have the "Searchqu" but found
"search results toolbar APN LLC" and after googling what it was decided to uninstall it. My CorelDraw Essential X5 is now working again. Again Many Thanks!!!!"
Its really work for my corel X6.. thank you so much for your suggestion..

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks great help!!! - No Searchqu but problem still exisited on my CorelDraw X5, also removed "search results toolbar APN LLC" and back in business again - fantastic

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks, you solved my problem in 2 minutes

2:27 AM  
Blogger Elder Baez said...


5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a searchnu toolbar, but I cant find it in control panel, uninstall a program

5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... ABOUT solving your problem in 2 minutes:
GOOGLE for the error text +problem +solved
gave you the working solution as 2nd result :-)

12:14 AM  
Blogger mikemal said...

None of the above worked for me ... but I found a 'coupon' program installed recently - search program list by most recent date to see if you have something recent that is interfering ... when I removed it corel started working again.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Foster D. Coburn III said...

Mike, I'm not surprised the specific issue listed in the post didn't work since it was written three years ago and the scammy program is long since gone. But new scammy programs come out all the time and it sounds like the coupon program you had installed fit the bill. Glad you found the culprit and got it removed.

8:24 PM  

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