You may encounter the AutoIt Line 0 error when you start your computer. The error usually goes away when you close it, but more often than not, it is persistent and will annoy you.
This error occurs due to various reasons, one common reason is malware infection. Other reasons include an autorun task scheduled by a program that no longer exists, and conflicts with third-party applications.
Fortunately, you can fix AutoIt Error Line 0 by removing the problematic services and running a malware scan. Here, we teach you how.
1. Remove the AutoIt program
An easy way to fix this error is to remove the AutoIt program from your computer. If you have not installed any such application, check the installed applications or the Programs section in Control Panel to find any trace of the application.
To uninstall AutoIt:
- Press Win + R open Run.
- Guy control and click OK to open the Control Panel.
- Then click Programs and then in Programs and characteristics.
- Search and search the autoit application If it exists, select the program and click uninstall.
- Click Yeah to confirm the action and follow the on-screen instructions necessary to remove the program.
Once you have completed all the steps, restart your computer and check if the error is resolved.
2. Run a malware scan
The AutoIt error often results from a malware-infected file that triggers autorun and attempts to modify some Windows services. To be on the safer side, run a full malware scan to find any adware or other malicious tools on your computer.
If you have a third-party antivirus solution, make sure the virus definition is up to date. If not, use Windows Security to perform a full scan and identify any malicious files.
To run a full scan using Windows Security:
- Press win + me open settings.
- Open the Privacy & Security tab in the left panel.
- Then click Protection against viruses and threats open windows security in a new window.
- Click on scan options.
- Select Complete analisis and click scan now.
- Windows Security will initialize the scan. Depending on the size of your file, this may take over an hour to complete. If a threat is found, take the suggested action.
If Windows Security or your third-party antivirus found no problems, run Microsoft Safety Scanner in safe mode. Microsoft Safety Scanner is a virus removal tool to scan and remove malware from Windows computers.
You can use Microsoft Safety Scanner in safe mode and in normal mode. However, in safe mode, you can use the tool without conflicts with third-party applications. Therefore, boot into safe mode with networking. when you get to the startup settingspress F5 either 5 on your keyboard to restart Windows in safe mode with networking.
Once in safe mode, open Microsoft Edge and download Microsoft Safety Scanner. Run the tool and agree to the terms. In it scan type screen, select Complete analisis and click Next to start scanning.
The scanning process may take some time and provide a report of any potentially unwanted software that is detected. Since you have opted for a full scan, it may take more than an hour to complete.
If Microsoft Safety Scanner also doesn’t detect any issues, run a full scan with Malwarebytes. It offers a free trial and often detects threats that other antivirus solutions miss. It is also featured in our list of top malware removal tools to clean Windows PC.
3. Delete any remaining autorun keys using Windows autoruns
Since AutoIt is a startup error and the malware scan did not find any threats, the next step is to detect any residual autorun keys causing the error. This often happens due to leftover autorun keys created by a program that no longer exists on your system.
you can use the Windows Autoruns utility to find the autorun applications or services on your computer. Helps you find programs that are set to run at system startup.
But how do you identify the problematic app or service? The answer is usually in the error message you receive. Often the error dialog contains the file path to a service that is triggering the error.
For example, if the full error on your computer reads “AutoIt Error Line 0 (file C:\Users\65875\AppData\Roaming\ServiceGet\vapihas.dat)”, the path of the file C:\Users\65875\AppData\Roaming\ServiceGet\vapihas.dat is where the problem exists. In this case, to correct the error, you must remove the vapihas.dat archive.
Follow these steps to remove autorun keys using Windows Autoruns:
- Go to the Autoruns for Windows page and download the latest version available.
- Then extract the zipper file to a new folder.
- Open the extracted folder, right click on Autoruns64.exeand select Execute as an administrator. The application will scan and fill the screen with all autorun tasks detected on the system.
- In the Autoruns window, type vapihas.dat in it quick filter field to search for associated services. Be sure to replace vapihas.dat with the last name in the file path you noted earlier in the error dialog.
- Then right click on the vapihas.dat task and select Delete.
- Then press win + E open File Browser and navigate to the following location:
- Within roaming folder, select and delete the ServiceGet file.
- Close File Explorer and restart your PC and check for any improvements.
As discussed above, make a note of the error to identify the service that is causing the error. You can then kill the service using Windows Autoruns.
4. Perform a clean boot to identify third-party application conflicts
In clean boot mode, Windows starts with only Microsoft services enabled. You can start Windows in clean boot mode to identify third-party application conflicts that cause the AutoIt error line 0.
Start by performing a clean boot on Windows 11. These steps should also work on a Windows 10 system. Once in the clean boot state, check to see if the error occurs after boot. Otherwise, you can safely assume that a third-party startup application or service is causing the AutoIt error.
To resolve the issue, start Task Manager and open the startup apps eyelash. Next, find the application or service that is shown in the error message and disable it from running at startup.
Some launcher apps can only be configured via the in-app option. This is how you can disable startup programs in Windows 11 using app settings and other methods.
Once this is done, you will need to re-enable the disabled service in System configuration. To do this, open the System configuration application, go to General tab and select regular start. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
5. Run System File Checker and DISM to repair Windows
If the problem persists, you can perform a system repair using the System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Service and Management (DISM) tools. A system repair should work if a malware infection has damaged your Windows image or other system files.
To repair a corrupted Windows installation, run the following commands one by one in an elevated Command Prompt:
DISM /online /cleanup-image /RestoreHealth
Fix AutoIt error line 0 in Windows
The AutoIt error is usually a case of malware infection that has added an autorun service to your computer. You can fix the error by performing a full system scan. If the problem persists, use Windows Autoruns to find and remove the autorun service manually.
But if you determine that some system files got corrupted due to a malware infection, a Windows installation repair might be required to fix the problem.