FIX: There was a problem starting backgroundcontainer.dll

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  • If you get the message There was a problem starting C:UserAppDataLocalConduitBackgroundcontainer.dll at the Windows startup it means that your computer has been infected with malware.
  • The first step would be to locate the problematic file through AutoRuns, a tool that will help you to solve the issue.
  • Whatever you do, don't download the missing DLL from a random website. Locate your problem in our Fix DLL errors in Windows 10 section and you will certainly find the solution.
  • You never know when a Windows 10 error appears out of nowhere. Luckily, we have a Windows 10 Errors Hub where you can find a solution for it.
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Many Windows 10 users reported experiencing an issue that usually occurs after booting the PC.

There is an annoying error message There was a problem starting C:UserAppDataLocalConduitBackgroundcontainer.dll that prompts at the Windows startup.

This specific error is associated with malware installed on the system.

The malicious file runs a scheduled task at Windows startup, triggering this error message.

If you want to fix this issue, simply follow the solutions listed below.

What can I do if backgroundcontainer.dll won’t start?

1. Locate the problematic file through AutoRuns

  1. Download AutoRuns, a tool that will help you to solve the issue
  2. Create a folder for AutoRuns and extract the files there
  3. Open autoruns.exe and wait for it to scan and populate system entries
  4. After the scan is finished, you will be able the see the Ready message and access the entries list under the Everything tab
  5. Select File > Find… from the top menu > type backgroundcontainer.dll and select Find next
  6. If it finds the file, right-click on it and select Delete
  7. Close AutoRuns and restart your computer to see if it fixed the issue.

2. Delete the task

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R on your keyboard > type taskschd.msc and hit Enter to open the Task Scheduler
  2. Try finding the entry related to BackgroundContainer in the Task Scheduler Library
  3. If you find this specific entry, right-click on it and select Delete
  4. Close all the opened apps and restart your PC to see if it fixed the issue.

3. Reset the browser settings

Remove the BackgroundContainer adware from Google Chrome by following these steps:

  1. Click on three dots icon in the top right corner of Chrome > open Settings
  2. Scroll down and click AdvancedChrome settings page
  3. Under the Reset and clean up section, click Restore settings to their original defaults
  4. Click Reset settings and wait for the process to commence.

We hope that by following our solutions, you managed to fix the issue causing the backgroundcontainer.dll file to pop up.

If you found this article helpful, leave a comment in the comment section below.

FAQ: Read more about backgroundcontainer.dll

  • What is BackgroundContainer DLL?
BackgroundContainer.dll is the file associated with the browser hijacker and it causes Windows startup errors. Here’s a guide on how to get rid of browser hijackers.
  • Is RunDLL a virus?
No, it is not. The original rundll32.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process. However, malware creators rename their processes like that on purpose to escape detection. If you have doubts, run a full system scan.
  • How to fix problem starting backgroundcontainer.dll?
Start by locating the problematic file through AutoRuns. You can fix the BackgroundContainer.dll error by following our expert guide

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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