Fix Runtime Error 216

When you open Windows Internet Explorer 5.0 or Windows Internet Explorer 5.01 on your Windows 98 or Windows ME computer, you may receive the following error message:

Runtime Error 216 at Address

Cause Of Error 216

In this case, the issue is known to occur if your computer is infected with a SubSeven Trojan virus.

SubSeven Trojan Virus

The Trojan Horse, Backdoor.SubSeven is a low risk virus that affects computers running Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, and Windows XP operating systems. If your PC is infected with this virus, unauthorized people may gain access to your system through the Internet without your knowledge.

The SubSeven virus comes as a installable program and usually has a .exe file name extension, such as Setup.exe. When you run this tool, you may either be able to install a game or a program or the installation will simply return a “Failed” error message. This is the reason why, to keep your PC safe from such viruses, it is recommended that you download and install games, programs, and tools only from trusted websites.

Some of the common symptoms of SubSeven infection are:

  • Error 216 when attempting to open Internet Explorer.
  • CD-Drive opens randomly.
  • Appearance of strange dialog boxes.
  • Slow Internet downloads.
  • Missing files or appearance of new files.

Resolution Method

To resolve this issue, it is recommended that you use a reliable antivirus tool, such as the STOPzilla Antivirus to thoroughly scan your system of viruses and remove them. It is recommended that you update the antivirus tool before performing the scan.

Additionally, to ensure that the scanning is more effective, it is a good idea to perform the task by starting your PC in Safe Mode.

Quite often it is seen that computers infected with a virus also open up to malicious spyware and adware programs. These programs also trouble you by stealing your confidential information and trading them with external sources. Moreover, you may also be troubled by several unwanted pop ads being delivered to your desktop. To prevent this issue, it is recommended that you follow up your antivirus scan with a thorough full system scan using a reliable and updated antispyware tool, such as the Spyware Cease.

Virus and spyware programs add embedded keys in the Windows registry that enable these malicious programs to reinstall themselves on your system. This is the reason why, it is always recommended that you clean your registry to ensure that no malicious virus or spyware registry entry is left behind. You can perform this task easily with a reliable registry cleaner tool, such as RegServe.