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darqblue42

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:tazz: Hi all,

Last night I was following another post on this forum which described how to clean your PC of almost all Spyware by means of using several different anti-spyware freeware, etc.

Some bad files in my registry showed up in one of the scans, so I went to my registry to delete them. Was this a bad idea!

I could delete most of the files the scanner reported as bad, but when I tried to delete a couple files in the registry, Windows wouldn't let me, saying they were in use. (Obviously I should have stopped here...)

Stupidly, I simply MOVED the ostensibly evil files (to my desktop for easy finding) instead of deleting them, thinking this would do the trick. I then re-booted.

When my computer finished restarting and I tried to login to my XP account, an error message showed up saying something with the filename "wininet.dll" in it, a file I recognized to be one of the files I had moved FROM my registry. When I click "OK", my Windows seems to hang in between logging into my account and actually being there (it seems the operating system won't load fully/correctly).

Now I can't use THAT installation of Windows. (I have installed a new Windows on the same partition; my files are still accessible, but this "new" OS is bare-bones.)

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Is there any way to restore this "wininet.dll" file to its original home in my registry so Windows can function properly?

Your time and help is much appreciated!!
Thank you.
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Last night I was following another post on this forum which described how to clean your PC of almost all Spyware by means of using several different anti-spyware freeware, etc.

Some bad files in my registry showed up in one of the scans, so I went to my registry to delete them. Was this a bad idea!


Making changes to the windows registry (database) one mis-configuration can make your OS unstable. That's why before modifying the Windows registry you make a back up of it so when stuff like this happens it's no big deal because you can back it up to a previous working state.

Is there any way to restore this "wininet.dll" file to its original home in my registry so Windows can function properly?


If you go here http://www.dll-files...s.shtml?wininet

you can download that file you need for free. Also, anti-spyware applications make changes to the registry 3rd party applications like spybot, adaware etc... should be ran in SAFE MODE.
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Irongeek,

How can I put the file back into the registry if I can't even get into Windows all the way? How do I access anything if the OS isn't working properly?

Thank you for the help!
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