Solving CorelDraw.dll Error Code 998 Problems

July 5, 2012

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.

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39 Comments

  1. sam

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

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  2. Dan Gingras (Captdang)

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

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  3. Foster D. Coburn III

    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.

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  4. Anonymous

    Thank you! Simple solution to my problem

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  5. Anonymous

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

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  6. pranay sawant

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

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  7. Anonymous

    My problem still exist! I found no searchqu on my system 🙁

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  8. Foster D. Coburn III

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

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  9. Raihanah Rahmah

    Alhamdulillah.. Its run well now.. Big big thanks Sir! 🙂

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  10. Anonymous

    thnx a lot

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  11. pradessh

    Problem is solved. its working. Thanks

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  12. pradessh

    Problem is solved. its working.. Thanks

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  13. DavidLong

    thanks guy !! love you !!!

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  14. DavidLong

    thanks guy !!! it’s solved !!!

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  15. Anonymous

    You sir are a godsend! Thanks for the fix

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  16. Anonymous

    GREAT THANX..

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  17. Anonymous

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

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  18. Anonymous

    you have no idea how helpful you have been.thank you 🙂

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  19. Anonymous

    w to Remove Seachqu (Uninstall Guide)OBRIGADO SEGUIR ,, DA FORMA CERTA ..ESTA FUNCIONANDO PERFEITO O PROGRAMA… PRA ENTENDER MELHOR TRADUZIR PAGINA..

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  20. Anonymous

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

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  21. Umar Jafar

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

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  22. Anonymous

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

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  23. Anonymous

    Thanks work perflectly

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  24. Anonymous

    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!!!!

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  25. Anonymous

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

    Reply
  26. gorgenza

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

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  27. gorgenza

    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

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  28. Foster D. Coburn III

    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.

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  29. Anonymous

    “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..

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  30. Anonymous

    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

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  31. Anonymous

    thanks, you solved my problem in 2 minutes

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  32. Anonymous

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

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  33. Anonymous

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

    Reply

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