Sppextcomobj.exe: What Is It & How to Fix Its Errors

Keep your network drivers updated to avoid this error

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Running your antivirus regularly can help you isolate any problematic files early before they get a chance to compromise your system. Sppextcomobj.exe seems to be quarantined by most antivirus programs as a malicious file.

Note that there is also a legitimate sppextcomobj.exe file with network service privileges. If it becomes obsolete, you may experience connection issues. So how do you resolve such errors? Here’s how.

What is sppextcomobj.exe?

The sppextcomobj.exe is a legitimate Windows file found in the following location: C:\Windows\System32

It is part of the Software Protection Platform, a suite of services that allows you to activate and manage the licenses for your Windows.

The sppextcomobj.exe file provides functionality for application developers to implement licensing and activation features for their applications. It is a critical Windows operating system component and should not be terminated or disabled.

Still, you should pay attention to this process because it may be a virus, trojan, or malware hiding in your system and causing many problems.

A classic tell-tale sign of whether you’re dealing with a malicious file is its location. It could be a virus masquerading as the real thing if it’s in an unfamiliar location.

Also, as most users reported, if your antivirus quarantines it, it is probably a virus and should be removed from your system. Other signs include your Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting, so be on the lookout for subtle but recurrent hints.

How do I fix sppextcomobj.exe errors?

A few workarounds that may salvage the situation include:

  • Check your internet speeds and ensure they are optimal.
  • If you’re using a wireless connection, ensure there are no interferences.
  • Switch to an Ethernet cable if possible.
  • Restart your router.
  • Run the SFC scan to check for system file errors.

1. Run the network adapter troubleshooter 

  1. Press Windows + I to launch Settings.
  2. Click on Troubleshoot on the right in the System tab.Open system troubleshooter
  3. Select Other troubleshooters.other troubleshooters
  4. Locate the Network Adapter troubleshooter and click the Run button next to it.

2. Update your Network drivers

  1. Hit the Windows + I keys to open Settings.
  2. Type Device Manager in the search bar and click Open.device manager w11
  3. Navigate to your Network adapter, right-click, and select Update driver.
  4. Select Search automatically for updated drivers.

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3. Disable your firewall/antivirus temporarily

  1. Hit the Start menu icon, type Windows Security in the search bar and click Open.
  2. Click on Firewall & network protection, then select Public network.league of legends black screen after champion select
  3. Locate Microsoft Defender Firewall and toggle the off button.turning off Microsoft Defender Firewall Windows

4. Scan for viruses

  1. Press the Windows key, search Windows Security, and click Open.
  2. Select Virus & threat protection.
  3. Next, press Quick scan under Current threats.
  4. If you don’t find any threats, proceed to perform a full scan by clicking on Scan options just below Quick scan.Scan options
  5. Click on Full scan, then Scan now to perform a deep scan of your PC.Full Scan Scan Now
  6. Wait for the process to finish and restart your system.

5. Reset your internet connection 

  1. Hit the Windows Search icon, type cmd in the search bar, and click Run as administrator.cmd-run-admin-w11 unexpected kernel mode trap windows 11
  2. Type the following commands, then press Enter after each: netsh int ip reset resettcpip.txt netsh winhttp reset proxy netsh int ip reset ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew ipconfig /flushdns netsh winsock reset

6. Reset TCP/IP

  1. Press the Windows key, type cmd in the search bar, and click Open.cmd-run-admin-w11 unexpected kernel mode trap windows 11
  2. Type in the following commands and press Enter after each one: netsh winsock reset catalog netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log
  3. Now restart your PC and see if the error is still there.

7. Edit the Registry

  1. Hit the Windows + R keys to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit in the dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform
  4. Right-click on an empty space on the right pane, select New DWORD 32 bit, and rename it as DisableDnsPublishing.
  5. Under Value data, set it to 0.

As a disclaimer, editing the Registry should only be done where necessary to avoid irreparable damage to your system. If there’s no other option, ensure you backup your Registry or create a restore point before any changes.

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