How To Fix Norton AntiVirus Error 3048 3
|Error Number:||Error 3048 3|
|Error Name:||Norton Error 3048 3 Windows 7|
|Error Description:||Error 3048 3: Norton AntiVirus has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.|
|Applies to:||Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8|
Symptoms of Error 3048 3
- "Error 3048 3" appears and crashes the active program window.
- Your PC frequently crashes with Error 3048 3 when running the same program.
- “Norton Error 3048 3 Windows 7” is displayed.
- Windows runs sluggishly and responds slowly to mouse or keyboard input.
- Your computer periodically “freezes” for a few seconds at a time.
These 3048 3 error messages can appear during program installation, while a Symantec-related software program (eg. Norton AntiVirus) is running, during Windows startup or shutdown, or even during the installation of the Windows operating system. Keeping track of when and where your 3048 3 error occurs is a critical piece of information in troubleshooting the problem.
Causes of Error 3048 3
- Corrupt download or incomplete installation of Norton AntiVirus software.
- Corruption in Windows registry from a recent Norton AntiVirus-related software change (install or uninstall).
- Virus or malware infection that has corrupted Windows system files or Norton AntiVirus-related program files.
- Another program maliciously or mistakenly deleted Norton AntiVirus-related files.
Runtime Errors such as “Error 3048 3” can be caused by a variety of factors, so it is important that you troubleshoot each of the possible causes to prevent it from recurring.
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How To Fix Norton AntiVirus Error 3048 3
Below is a list of troubleshooting steps to resolve your Error 3048 3 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.
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Manually editing the Windows registry to remove invalid Error 3048 3 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 (Developed by Microsoft Gold Certified Partner) to scan and repair any Error 3048 3-related registry problems. Using a automates the process of finding invalid registry entries, missing file references (like the one causing your 3048 3 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 can also dramatically improve system speed and performance.
Caution: Unless you an advanced PC user, we DO NOT recommend editing the Windows registry manually. Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows. We do not guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
To manually repair your Windows registry, first you need to create a backup by exporting a portion of the registry related to Error 3048 3 (eg. Norton AntiVirus):
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.
We do not claim any responsibility for the results of the actions taken from the content linked below - complete these tasks at your own risk.
There is a chance that your 3048 3 error could be related to a malware infection on your PC. These malicious intruders can damage, corrupt, or even delete Runtime Errors-related files. Furthermore, there's a possibility that the 3048 3 error you are experiencing is related to a component of the malicious program itself.
Tip: If you do not already have a malware protection program installed, we highly recommend using Emsisoft Anti-Malware (). They offer a malware removal guarantee that is not offered by other security software.
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 Norton AntiVirus to respond slowly or provides an 3048 3 error, possibly due to file conflicts or an overloaded hard drive. Cleaning up these temporary files with Disk Cleanup might not only solve your 3048 3 error, but can also dramatically speed up the performance of your PC.
Tip: Although Disk Cleanup is a wonderful built-in tool, it will not completely clean up all of the temporary files on your computer. Other programs that you frequently use such Microsoft Office, Firefox, Chrome, Live Messenger, and hundreds of other programs are not cleaned up with Disk Cleanup (including some Symantec programs).
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 (Developed by Microsoft Gold Partner) to clean up your entire computer. Running once per day (using automatic scanning) will ensure that your computer is always clean, running fast, and free of 3048 3 errors related to temporary files.
How to run Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr) (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):
3048 3 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 Error 3048 3 problem.
Finding the exact driver for your Error 3048 3-related hardware device can be extremely difficult, even directly on the Symantec 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.
DriverDoc updates all of your PC device drivers, not just those associated with your 3048 3 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.
Please Note: Your Error 3048 3 may not be related to hardware driver problems, but it's always a good idea to ensure all of your PC device drivers are up-to-date to maximize PC performance.
Windows System Restore allows you to "go back in time" with your PC to help fix your Error 3048 3 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 3048 3 errors.
Please Note: Using System Restore will not affect your documents, pictures, or other data.
To use System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):
If your 3048 3 error is related to a specific program, reinstalling Norton AntiVirus-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 Error 3048 3-associated program (eg. Norton AntiVirus), reinstall the program according to the Symantec instructions.
Tip: If you are positive that your 3048 3 error is related to a specific Symantec program, uninstalling and reinstalling your Error 3048 3-related program will likely be the solution to your problem.
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 Error 3048 3).
To run System File Checker (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):
Microsoft is constantly updating and improving Windows system files that could be associated with Error 3048 3. Sometimes resolving your Runtime Errors 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, 8, and 10):
Caution: We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve Error 3048 3 problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately () to protect yourself from permanent data loss.
This step is your final option in trying to resolve your Error 3048 3 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.
Please Note: If 3048 3 errors still persist after a clean install of Windows, your Runtime Errors problem MUST be hardware related. If that is the case, then it is likely you will need to replace the associated hardware causing the 3048 3 error.
Operating System Information
3048 3 error messages can occur in any of the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:
- Windows 10
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Windows ME
- Windows 2000
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