Plugin.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if Plugin.dll belonging to the Windows system or an application you can trust.

The Plugin.dll is a library file, in common with all DLL files, which are also known by their full name of Dynamic-link library files. They are quite important for the functioning of Windows, so when they become corrupt or are deleted by mistake then numerous issues can crop up. However, the problems related to DLL files disappearing or becoming inaccessible are thankfully not too difficult to resolve.

Specifically Plugin.dll is an Adope file, associated with the widely used Photoshop program, which resolves problems with plug-ins that do not use multiple processors. Unfortunately, it would appear that issues related to this file are rather common.


Because Windows is very reliant on DLL files, it is not particularly difficult to replace a malfunctioning Plugin.dll file. The missing DLL file can be downloaded directly from Adobe themselves, or there are numerous other sites on the Internet that enable you to download Plugin.dll.

Alternatively if you can’t take this approach for some reason then there are numerous other steps you can take to overcome a difficulty with Plugin.dll.

The first thing to try with this issue is simply to run a Windows update. This should be done automatically, but this process can occasionally go awry. Open the Start menu, and then click Run. Type “wupdmgr” into the Run box, and then press enter. Follow the on-screen prompts to run Windows Update.

If this doesn’t work, the next thing to try is to attempt to reinstall Adboe Photoshop itself. This should be possible from the original CD that was provided with the program, but if this process doesn’t like the fact that Photoshop is already installed on your system, then you can delete the program from your machine first. This is done via Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs. You simply need to find Adobe Photoshop in the list, check the box, and click uninstall, before re-installing it.

If this doesn’t work then the next option is to use Windows’ system restore function. This will reset your machine to a time before the Plugin.dll error caused your machine to malfunction. You can then re-install any devices or programmes that have been removed by this virtual step back in time. System restore can be accessed through the Start menu, by simply typing “System Restore” into the search box.

If the system restore utility will not run correctly then you can attempt to activate safe mode. To run Windows in Safe Mode, restart your computer and press F8 (if you have Windows installed). Once you’ve reached the desktop in Safe Mode, type ‘System’ into the Start search box and press Enter once ‘System Restore’ is highlighted. You should then be able to run the system restore utility.