Is Sqlite3.dll a Genuine Process, Malware, or Both?

It is quite common to find that a genuine file, as well as malware-related file, exists by the same name. This is exactly the case with sqlite3.dll, since both a genuine and a rogue file exist by the same name.

The genuine sqlite3.dll file belongs to the SQLite Database Library program.


When you start or shut down Windows, you may receive the following error message:

"Sqlite3.dll was not found"


Generally, the aforementioned error message appears when the required DLL file is missing.


The best way to get the not found sqlite3.dll file is by uninstalling and reinstalling the program associated with this file. Alternatively, you can also get a new copy of this DLL from a trustworthy DLL directory website. A few words of advice – always verify the version and file size of the file(s) that you are downloading from the internet, as this will help you determine if the file you are downloading is genuine or not.

Malicious Version

The sqlite3.dll may be related with these internet security threats:

  • Mal/Packer [Sophos]
  • Trojan.Crypt [Ikarus]
  • Trojan Horse [Symantec]
  • Win-Trojan/Xema.variant [AhnLab]
  • Application.KGB_Spy [PC Tools]

Sqlite3.dll may also be hidden under the filenames listed below:

%ProgramFiles%\windows media player\plugins\qloud\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\smm\funny sms10\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\smm\simple mail 7\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\qloud\windows media player\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\tweaknow regcleaner\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\rss team\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\outlook express\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\page update watcher\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\darq software\transmute\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\du meter\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\perfect optimizer\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\linkcollector portable\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\file seeker\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\1-abc\personal calendar\sqlite3.dll
%ProgramFiles%\bulk image downloader\sqlite3.dll


  • %AppData% is a variable and refers to the directory that stores program-specific data. Generally, the path is C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Application Data.
  • The %Windir% is a variable and it refers to the Windows installation folder, which is usually C:\Windows for Windows 7/Vista/XP.
  • The %System% is a variable and denotes the Windows System folder. By default, the path is C:\Windows\System32 for Windows 7/XP/Vista.
  • The %ProgramFiles% is a variable and it refers to the Program Files directory. Generally, the path is C:\Program Files.
  • The %Temp% is a variable and it leads to the temporary folder on your computer. By default, the location is C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Local Settings\Temp\

How to determine if the DLL file present on your computer is genuine or not

To determine if the DLL file present is genuine or not, simply run a malware scan on your computer. If the scan does not report the presence of any of the threats with which the malicious sqlite3.dll is associated, then it clearly means the file present on your computer is indeed a genuine file.

How to get rid of the malicious sqlite3.dll file

The best way to remove this rogue file and its associated malware program is to scan your entire computer using a reliable and advanced antimalware tool.