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.)
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!!