Troubleshooting Control.dll DLL Errors and Downloading Updates

Last Updated: 11/25/2023
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Control.dll is considered a type of Shockwave ActiveX Control file. It is most-commonly used in Shockwave developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated. It uses the DLL file extension and is considered a Win32 DLL (Dynamic link library) file.

Control.dll was first released in the Windows 10 Operating System on 06/13/2017 with Adobe Shockwave Player This file release marks the latest and most updated version from Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Please continue reading to find your correct Control.dll file version download (free), detailed file information, and DLL file troubleshooting instructions.

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File Overview

General Information
File Name: Control.dll
File Extension: DLL file extension
Description: Shockwave ActiveX Control
Object File Type: Dynamic link library
File Operating System: Windows NT 32-bit
MIME Type: application/octet-stream
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Developer and Software Information
Software Developer: Adobe Systems, Inc.
Software Program: Shockwave
Legal Copyright: Copyright © 1985-2006 Adobe Systems, Inc.
File Details
Character Set: Unicode
Language Code: English (U.S.)
File Flags: (none)
File Flags Mask: 0x003f
Entry Point: 0x20f00
Code Size: 210432

What are Control.dll Error Messages?

Dynamic Link Library Control.dll Errors

Control.dll is considered a type of Dynamic Link Library (DLL) file. Dynamic Link Library files, like Control.dll, are essentially a "guide book" that stores information and instructions for executable (EXE) files - like MpSigStub.exe - to follow. These files were created so that multiple programs (eg. Adobe Shockwave Player) could share the same Control.dll file, saving valuable memory allocation, therefore making your computer run more efficiently.

Unfortunately, what makes DLL files so convenient and efficient, also makes them extremely vulnerable to problems. If something happens to a shared DLL file, either it goes missing or gets corrupted in some way, it can generate a "runtime" error message. Runtime is pretty self-explanatory; it means that these errors are triggered when Control.dll is attempted to be loaded either when Adobe Shockwave Player is starting up, or in some cases already running. Some of the most common Control.dll errors include:

Your Control.dll file could be missing due to accidental deletion, uninstalled as a shared file of another program (shared with Adobe Shockwave Player), or deleted by a malware infection. Furthermore, Control.dll file corruption could be caused from a power outage when loading Adobe Shockwave Player, system crash while loading Control.dll, bad sectors on your storage media (usually your primary hard drive), or quite commonly, a malware infection. Thus, it's critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

How to Fix Control.dll Errors in 3 Steps (Time to complete: ~5-15 minutes)

If you're encountering one of the error messages above, follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve your Control.dll issue. These troubleshooting steps are listed in the recommended order of execution.

Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, "snapshot", or backup image before error occurred.

To begin System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. When you see the search box, type "System Restore" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click System Restore.
  4. Please enter the administrator password (if applicable / prompted).
  5. Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Restore your computer to that backup image.

If the Step 1 fails to resolve the Control.dll error, please proceed to the Step 2 below.

Step 2: If recently installed Adobe Shockwave Player (or related software), uninstall then try reinstalling Adobe Shockwave Player software.

You can uninstall Adobe Shockwave Player software by following these instructions (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Uninstall" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click "Add or Remove Programs"
  4. Find the entry for Adobe Shockwave Player and click "Uninstall"
  5. Follow the prompts for uninstallation.

After the software has been fully uninstalled, restart your PC and reinstall Adobe Shockwave Player software.

If this Step 2 fails as well, please proceed to the Step 3 below.

Adobe Shockwave Player

Adobe Systems Incorporated

Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

When the first two steps haven't solved your issue, it might be a good idea to run Windows Update. Many Control.dll error messages that are encountered can be contributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Update" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click "Check for Updates" (or similar button depending on your Windows version)
  4. If updates are available for download, click "Install Updates".
  5. After the update is completed, restart your PC.

If Windows Update failed to resolve the Control.dll error message, please proceed to next step. Please note that this final step is recommended for advanced PC users only.

If Those Steps Fail: Download and Replace Your Control.dll File (Caution: Advanced)

If none of the previous three troubleshooting steps have resolved your issue, you can try a more aggressive approach (Note: Not recommended for amateur PC users) by downloading and replacing your appropriate Control.dll file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free Control.dll files for every applicable version of Adobe Shockwave Player. Please follow the steps below to download and properly replace you file:

  1. Locate your Windows operating system version in the list of below "Download Control.dll Files".
  2. Click the appropriate "Download Now" button and download your Windows file version.
  3. Copy this file to the appropriate Adobe Shockwave Player folder location:
    Windows 10: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Shockwave 10\
    Windows 10: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Adobe\Shockwave 12\
  4. Restart your computer.

If this final step has failed and you're still encountering the error, you're only remaining option is to do a clean installation of Windows 10.

GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve Control.dll problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately.

Download Control.dll Files (Malware-Tested 100% Clean)

CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying Control.dll to your appropriate Windows system directory. Adobe Systems Incorporated typically does not release Adobe Shockwave Player DLL files for download because they are bundled together inside of a software installer. The installer's task is to ensure that all correct verifications have been made before installing and placing Control.dll and all other DLL files for Adobe Shockwave Player. An incorrectly installed DLL file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

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