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PSguard / application failed to initialize explorer.exe

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Please excuse the lack of log posted, the problem I have is with a laptop I have been told to fix. (Vaio XPSP2)

I removed PSguard with a combination of spybot/adaware and hijackthis. After running these programs again (along with AVG) the system appears clean.

When starting in normal mode only the desktop wallpaper is displayed following a message telling me that "application failed to initialize explorer.exe"

I ran the fraudsmit program offered elsewhere on these forums by noahdfear, which identifies an infected wininet.dll, but it cannot find a clean file to replace it with. I attempted to replace it with a version from an XPSP1 disk but it now tells me that the file is a bad image and I am to check my source.

Before I go any further I thought I would check with an expert.

Should I take a copy of wininet.dll from my own PC (XPSP2 also) and place it on that machine or is the file particular to the environment it comes from?

I am usually pretty adept at clearing these problems, but admit to being a little stuck on this one.

Thanks in advance guys (and gals if applicable)

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Welcome Dave to Geeks to Go!

Please download FileFind from Atribune.
Unzip the file and save it to your desktop.

To run FileFind, please do the following:
  • Click on FileFind.exe
  • In the box labeled "Enter the directory to search"
    • Enter Drive eg.. C:\
  • In the box labeled "Enter the file to search"
    • Enter
  • Now click on the "Find" button
  • Once the utility has found the files click on "Export"
  • This will save a text file to your C:\ drive as "Export.txt"
  • Double click on Export.txt, copy and paste this information in your next post

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