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Problem with wininet.dll

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I've been having trouble with my wininet.dll file on my Windows 2000 OS.

I was online searching yesterday, and left for school shortly after updating AVG. I was phoned and told that AVG picked up a virus, but that it was mended, and it still had problems.

I came home, and still have the same problem now, where my OS opens with the message "The dynamic link library wininet.dll cannot be found in...." and it lists off a number of directories including Mouse, Ad-Aware, Spybot, Final Draft and my Linksys network card.

Thus, I cannot open any of these programs, and the Internet will not run.

I did the smitREM scan in safe mode, and ran virus scans in safe mode and all found nothing (although smitREM did remove a pesky wallpaper and subsequent malware that I had had from before). Then I went back on and searched for wininet, and found it in


So I first attempted to move the i386 one into the system, and renaming the original to WININET.old. Rebooted, same message. Then I renamed them all after uploading a wininet.dll I downloaded off of http://www.dll-files...s.shtml?wininet. Rebooted, and still nothing.

Now I'm stuck. I have no idea what to do, and I need this computer to work.

Can anybody help out at all?

Edited by DonFishies, 28 September 2005 - 04:56 AM.

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Try here


If this gets the PC to load correctly, you will need to run AVG again, though make a note of what it finds and maybe quarrantine rather than remove the file

AVG may have already done this so worth looking for something to restore from there


Please go here:


Run all the programmes as advised then post a current Hijack This Log in a new topic in the Malware Forum

If you are unable to run any of the programmes, please ask for advice in the Malware Forum

If you haven't got to the desktop then do a repair install which will leave data and settings intact


Whichever method enables XP to load, post a Hijack This log in the Malware Forum
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Hi DonFishies,

Welcome to Geeks To Go, my name is Tony.

Just so that we can rule out malware please Click here and follow the instructions carefully.
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Try this:

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the virus you're referring to is smitfraud, which does infect wininet.dll

the fix by noahdfear should repair it :tazz:
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