How To Fix Steam Application Load Error 3:0000065432

If you play games using Steam then you might have encountered the application load error 3:0000065432. This often happens while playing Bethesda games such as Doom, Fallout 4, Skyrim however it can also happen on games from other publishers. There are several factors that can cause this problem ranging from interference from the antivirus to a corrupted Steam installation. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how to fix this particular problem.

How To Fix Steam Application Load Error 3:0000065432

Before performing the recommended troubleshooting steps for this particular problem I suggest that you try restarting your computer first. This will refresh the operating system as well as remove corrupt temporary data and is quite effective in fixing most software related issues.

Verify the game integrity

The first thing you will need to do is to check if the problem is caused by corrupted game files. This can be done by checking the game integrity.

  • Open the Steam client and navigate to the Library tab.
  • Right-click on the game that is showing the error, right-click on it and choose Properties
  • In the Properties menu, go to Local Files and click on Verify the Integrity of Game Files
  • When the process is finished, open the game again.

Check if the application load error 3:0000065432 issue still occurs.

Reinstall Steam

There’s a possibility that the problem is caused by corrupted Steam files. If this is the culprit then you will need to reinstall Steam.

  • Close the Steam client.
  • Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R. Then, type “appwiz.cpl” and press Enter to open up Programs and Features.
  • Inside Programs and Features, and locate the Steam entry. Then, right-click on it and choose Uninstall.
  • Once Steam is uninstalled, reboot your computer.
  • Go to https://store.steampowered.com/about/  and download the Steam client.
  • Open SteamSetup.exe and follow the on-screen prompts to reinstall Steam.

Check if the application load error 3:0000065432 issue still occurs.

Move the game folder to the original Steam directory

If you installed the game to a custom directory and not on the recommended location then this could be what’s causing the problem. Try moving the directory to its recommended location.

  • Go to Steam and click on Settings.
  • In the Settings menu, go to Downloads and click the Steam Library Folders button.
  • Click on Add Library Folder and set C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam as a Steam Library folder. If your Steam games are installed on a different drive, you should have two different library folders at the end of this step.
  • Save the changes and return to the home screen of Steam, then click on Library. Next, right-click on the game that is showing the Load Error 3:0000065432 and choose Properties.
  • In the Properties window of the game, open the Local Files tab and click on Move Install Folder.
  • From the next window, use the drop-down menu under Choose location for install to choose Install under C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam and click on Next.
  • Wait until the move is complete, then open the game

Check if the application load error 3:0000065432 issue still occurs.

Disable the antivirus software

One other factor that can cause this problem is the antivirus software installed in your computer. To check if this is what’s causing the problem you should try to disable it.

If you are using Windows Security

  • Select Start  – Settings  > Update & Security  – Windows Security – Virus & threat protection > Manage settings
  • Switch Real-time protection to Off.

If you are using Avast

  • Search for the Avast icon in your computer’s system tray and right-click on it.
  • Click on Avast shields control.
  • Locate the options to disable the program – the options are to disable it for 10 minutes, an hour, until the computer is restarted or permanently (until you yourself turn it back on). Select whatever option suits you best and use it to disable the program.

If you are using AVG

  • Search for the AVG icon in your computer’s system tray and right-click on it.
  • Click on Temporarily disable AVG protection.
  • Choose how long you want AVG to be turned off and whether you want AVG to disable its Firewall too.
  • Click on OK to disable the antivirus program.

If you are using McAfee

  • Search for the McAfee Antivirus icon in your computer’s system tray and right-click on it.
  • Click on Exit.
  • You should see a dialog box warning you that McAfee‘s protection will be turned off. Click on Yes in this dialog box to disable the antivirus program

Check if the application load error 3:0000065432 issue still occurs.

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