auth3260.dll Error Solution

Developed by RealNetworks as an authentication module for their RealMedia player products the file auth3260.dll is best described as an Authentication Manager Plug-in for Real Media Player. The main functionality of this module is that it initiates the authentication process of the parent program’s version being used in the system.

The parent application Real Media Player (or RealPlayer as it is called) is a leading solution for audio and video streaming through the Internet today. Aside from its counterpart Windows Media Player this application boasts of being the first ever to perfect the technology using the acquired H.263 innovation from Vivo.

The initialization of the module will take place automatically when these two conditions are met: 1) there is a connection to the Internet readily available in the system and 2) when the mother program is executed by the user.

When all the conditions are met the initialization process will take about 55Kb of RAM and virtual memory resources and will continue to do so until the module has completed its prime directive. The auth3260.dll module will detect and retrieve information regarding the product in your system, then will transmit it over to the RealNetworks server for verification.

This method is used to counter the problem of software piracy, which is very much rampant in the world today, especially on the Internet.

With a total file size of 45,099 bytes the file auth3260.dll is an integral component of the Real Media parent program. Any attempt to delete or remove this file while the application is installed in the system will result in possible errors on its execution.

To avoid compromising the functionality of the system you can uninstall the parent program using the Add/Remove Programs applet in your Control Panel in case the application has been corrupted. This will also properly remove the corrupted file auth3260.dll from the system.

What is a DLL?

Your operating system comes pre-installed with Microsoft DLL’s and most third party programs also install DLL’s.

DLL (Dynamic Link Library) is Microsoft’s implementation of the shared library concept. Meaning there’s a DLL library on your computer and each DLL can be shared among different Microsoft and third party programs. This shared library method helps your computer run faster by having fewer operations running at the same time.

When a DLL is missing or corrupt it may show an error message and programs may fail or crash.

Because DLL’s are shared, one missing or corrupt DLL may affect multiple programs on your computer.

Auth3260.dll is created by:


Known file path:

C:\Program Files\ Common Files\ Real\ Plugins\

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