How to Deal with the 80048820 Error

The 80048820 error is the code number of the error message that you experience when you try to use MSN Messenger through logging in. At first, it may look hopeless because the error is seen in code and not in words. However, this code error only means that your system needs a little fine-tuning.

Understanding Error 80048820

The cause for this error could be due to any of the following:

  • an incorrect Internet Explorer Proxy Setting;
  • an unregistered softpub.dll;
  • problems with your Firewall;
  • an incorrect date or time displayed by your desktop clock.

The Answers to Error 80048820

There are different ways to deal with these causes. Some are listed below:

  1. Launch your Internet Explorer browser. Click “Tools”, then “Internet Options”. You will see a dialog box with “Connections Lab” in it. Go to the Connections Lab. Go to the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings and activate the part where you can see “automatically detect settings” by checking the box beside it. After that, remove the check from the Proxy server section which says “use a proxy server for your LAN”.
  2. To deal with the softpub error, click the Start button then choose “Run”. (Run appears at the bottom part of the left side of the Start Menu.) Type “regsvr32 softpub.dll” in the Run textbox. By now, your MSN messenger would have been healed and you can restart it.
  3. You can also reset the clock to the correct time and date. If you need to be the local administrator adjust the settings, log on as the administrator or request your computer’s administrator to do so. To make sure that your time and date are accurate, check with the Internet for the world time.
  4. Switch off your firewall temporarily. Check the settings of your firewall and use a “block access” command. This will usually cure the problem. However, you need to make sure that MSN messenger is still allowed access in your firewall.
  5. You can also try unplugging or restarting your modem to cure this error. This method is effective if you have a cable modem.
  6. If you run out of ways to fix this yourself, you can approach the local Microsoft Support Line/office. Just look up their numbers in the directory or log on to
  7. Check with whatever antivirus software you’re using. If it just made a major update, disable it and observe if it heals the error.