Hello thatman and noahdfear,
Thank you both for the replies and, yes, that is me on the techguy forum.
I originally went there to try to get help on the wininet.dll problem and posted in their Operating Systems Forum. The post was "moved" to their Security Forum and flrman1 of that forum has been very helpful in trying to resolve this matter.
That's not to say that my experience at this forum has been unsatisfactory because that is not the case.
Thatman, your help was, and is, very much appreciated as you must know. I can see how very busy you are in this forum, and, as we had reached an impasse on the wininet.dll issue, I saw no harm in persuing a remedy elsewhere.
Frankly, the suggestion that I should buy a new operating system disk was not palatable as my computer system is fairly old, and if I upgrade in the future, I would have no further use for it.
In addition, if I knew someone who had a copy of this disk, I would have borrowed it, but unfortunately, I don't know anyone with this disk.
By seeking out alternative options, I trust no one has been offended here.
All I'm trying to do is find a viable and economical solution to the mess this virus has created.
I will continue to work on this problem with flrman1 for the time being, as we are about to do some repairs to my registry. And, if it's not too much of a problem, I will continue to work between the two forums until this matter is resolved. I know this is a little bit unorthodox, but Flrman1 doesn't seem to have a problem with this and I hope it isn't too much of a problem for you good people at geekstogo.
I trust you won't mind if I pass along the most recent information you sent to flrman1 for his perusal. I understand both forums have a working relationship with one another, so I'm hoping I'm not "stepping on anyone's toes" by doing so.
Thanks once again for your time, advice, and understanding in this matter.