What Is VAIOCare.exe?
VAIOCare.exe is a type of EXE file associated with VAIOShellStarter.exe developed by Sony Corporation for the Windows Operating System. The latest known version of VAIOCare.exe is 18.104.22.16870, which was produced for Windows. This EXE file carries a popularity rating of 1 stars and a security rating of "UNKNOWN".
What Are EXE Files?
EXE ("executable") files, such as VAIOCare.exe, are files that contain step-by-step instructions that a computer follows to carry out a function. When you "double-click" an EXE file, your computer automatically executes these instructions designed by a software developer (eg. Sony Corporation) to run a program (eg. VAIOShellStarter.exe) on your PC.
Every software application on your PC uses an executable file - your web browser, word processor, spreadsheet program, etc. - making it one of the most useful kinds of files in the Windows operating system. Without executable files like VAIOCare.exe, you wouldn't be able to use any programs on your PC.
Why Do I Have EXE Errors?
Because of their usefulness and ubiquity, EXE files are commonly used as a method of delivery for virus / malware infection. Often, viruses will be disguised as a benign EXE file (such as VAIOCare.exe) and distributed through SPAM email or malicious websites, which can then infect your computer when executed (eg. when you double-click the EXE file).
In addition, viruses can infect, replace, or corrupt existing EXE files, which can then lead to error messages when VAIOShellStarter.exe or related programs are executed. Thus, any executable files that you download to your PC should be scanned for viruses before opening - even if you think it is from a reputable source.
When Do EXE Errors Occur?
EXE errors, such as those associated with VAIOCare.exe, most often occur during computer startup, program startup, or while trying to use a specific function in your program (eg. printing).
Common VAIOCare.exe Error Messages
The most common VAIOCare.exe errors that can appear on a Windows-based computer are:
- "VAIOCare.exe Application Error."
- "VAIOCare.exe is not a valid Win32 application."
- "VAIOCare.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."
- "Cannot find VAIOCare.exe."
- "VAIOCare.exe not found."
- "Error starting program: VAIOCare.exe."
- "VAIOCare.exe is not running."
- "VAIOCare.exe failed."
- "Faulting Application Path: VAIOCare.exe."
These EXE error messages can appear during program installation, while a VAIOCare.exe-related software program (eg. VAIOShellStarter.exe) is running, during Windows startup or shutdown, or even during the installation of the Windows operating system. Keeping track of when and where your VAIOCare.exe error occurs is a critical piece of information in troubleshooting the problem.
Causes of VAIOCare.exe Errors
VAIOCare.exe problems can be attributed to corrupt or missing files, invalid registry entries associated with VAIOCare.exe, or a virus / malware infection.
More specifically, these VAIOCare.exe errors can be caused by:
- Corrupt Windows registry keys associated with VAIOCare.exe / VAIOShellStarter.exe.
- Virus or malware infection that has corrupted the VAIOCare.exe file or related VAIOShellStarter.exe program files.
- Another program maliciously or mistakenly deleted VAIOCare.exe-related files.
- Another program is in conflict with VAIOShellStarter.exe and its shared referenced files.
- Corrupt download or incomplete installation of VAIOShellStarter.exe software.
Recommendation: Scan your PC for VAIOCare.exe registry corruption
How To Fix VAIOCare.exe Errors
Below is a list of troubleshooting steps to resolve your VAIOCare.exe problems. These troubleshooting steps get progressively more difficult and time consuming, so we strongly recommend attempting them in ascending order to avoid unnecessary time and effort.
Sometimes VAIOCare.exe and other EXE system errors can be related to problems in the Windows registry. Several programs can share the same VAIOCare.exe file, but when these programs are uninstalled or changed, sometimes "orphaned" (invalid) EXE registry entries are left behind.
Basically, what this means is that while the actual file path may have changed, its incorrect former location is still recorded in the Windows registry. When Windows tries looking up these incorrect file references (file locations on your PC), VAIOCare.exe errors can occur. In addition, malware infection may have corrupted the registry entries associated with VAIOShellStarter.exe. Thus, these invalid EXE registry entries need to be repaired to fix the root of the problem.
Manually editing the Windows registry to remove invalid VAIOCare.exe keys is not recommended unless you are PC service professional. Incorrectly editing your registry can stop your PC from functioning and create irreversible damage to your operating system. In fact, one misplaced comma can prevent your PC from booting entirely!
Because of this risk, we highly recommend using a trusted registry cleaner such as WinThruster (Developed by Microsoft Gold Certified Partner) to scan and repair any VAIOCare.exe-related registry problems. Using a registry cleaner automates the process of finding invalid registry entries, missing file references (like the one causing your VAIOCare.exe error), and broken links within the registry. A backup is automatically created before each scan, with the ability to undo any changes in a single click, protecting you against the possibility of PC damage. The best part is that repairing registry errors can also dramatically improve system speed and performance.
To manually repair your Windows registry, first you need to create a backup by exporting a portion of the registry related to VAIOCare.exe (eg. VAIOShellStarter.exe):
The next steps in manually editing your registry will not be discussed in this article due to the high risk of damaging your system. If you would like to learn more about manual registry editing, please see the links below.
There is a chance that your VAIOCare.exe error could be related to a malware infection on your PC. These malicious intruders can damage, corrupt, or even delete EXE-related files. Furthermore, there's a possibility that the VAIOCare.exe error you are experiencing is related to a component of the malicious program itself.
Over time, your computer accumulates junk files from normal web surfing and computer use. If this junk isn't occasionally cleaned out, it can cause VAIOShellStarter.exe to respond slowly or provides an VAIOCare.exe error, possibly due to file conflicts or an overloaded hard drive. Cleaning up these temporary files with Disk Cleanup might not only solve your VAIOCare.exe error, but can also dramatically speed up the performance of your PC.
Because of the shortcomings of the Windows Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr) tool, we highly recommend using a specialized hard drive cleanup / privacy protection software such as WinSweeper (Developed by Microsoft Gold Partner) to clean up your entire computer. Running WinSweeper once per day (using automatic scanning) will ensure that your computer is always clean, running fast, and free of VAIOCare.exe errors related to temporary files.
How to run Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr) (Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8):
VAIOCare.exe errors can be related to corrupt or outdated device drivers. Drivers can work one day, and suddenly stop working the next day, for a variety of reasons. The good news is that you can often update the device driver to fix the EXE problem.
Finding the exact driver for your VAIOCare.exe-related hardware device can be extremely difficult, even directly on the Sony Corporation or related manufacturer's website. Even if you are experienced at finding, downloading, and manually updating drivers, the process can still be very time consuming and extremely irritating. Installing the wrong driver, or simply an incompatible version of the right driver, can make your problems even worse.
Because of the time and complexity involved in updating drivers, we highly recommend using a driver update tool such as DriverDoc (Developed by Microsoft Gold Partner) to automate the process.
DriverDoc updates all of your PC device drivers, not just those associated with your EXE error. DriverDoc's proprietary One-Click Update™ technology not only ensures that you have correct driver versions for your hardware, but it also creates a backup of your current drivers before making any changes. Maintaining a driver backup provides you with the security of knowing that you can rollback any driver to a previous version if necessary. With updated device drivers, you can finally unlock new hardware features and improve the speed and performance of your PC.
Windows System Restore allows you to "go back in time" with your PC to help fix your VAIOCare.exe problems. System Restore can return your PC's system files and programs back to a time when everything was working fine. This can potentially help you avoid hours of troubleshooting headaches associated with EXE errors.
To use System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8):
If your VAIOCare.exe error is related to a specific program, reinstalling VAIOShellStarter.exe-related software could be the answer.
Instructions for Windows 7 and Windows Vista:
Instructions for Windows XP:
Instructions for Windows 8:
After you have successfully uninstalled your VAIOCare.exe-associated program (eg. VAIOShellStarter.exe), reinstall the program according to the Sony Corporation instructions.
System File Checker is a handy tool included with Windows that allows you scan for and restore corruptions in Windows system files (including those related to VAIOCare.exe). If System File Checker finds a problem with your EXE or other critical system file, it will attempt to replace the problematic files automatically.
To run System File Checker (Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8):
Microsoft is constantly updating and improving Windows system files that could be associated with VAIOCare.exe. Sometimes resolving your EXE problems may be as simple as updating Windows with the latest Service Pack or other patch that Microsoft releases on an ongoing basis.
To check for Windows Updates (Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8):
This step is your final option in trying to resolve your VAIOCare.exe issue. Reinstalling Windows will erase everything from your hard drive, allowing you to start again with a fresh system. Furthermore, a clean install of Windows will also quickly clean out any and all "junk" that has accumulated over the normal usage of your computer.
Recommendation: Scan your PC for VAIOCare.exe registry corruption
|Filename: VAIOCare.exe||Latest Known Version: 22.214.171.12470|
|Developer: Sony Corporation||File Size (Bytes): 867256|
|Software: VAIOShellStarter.exe||Operating System: Windows|
|Description: Start VAIOShell|
Operating System Information
VAIOCare.exe error messages can occur in any of the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Windows ME
- Windows 2000