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Missing Wininet.dll File - Im A New User Help Please!

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#1 SShabaj


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Posted 10 December 2005 - 10:34 AM

Hello everyone,

I appologize if i am posting this topic in the wrong place however, Im a new user.
Ok heres the deal...
I am overseas serving with the US military and I started up my computer this morning and when I clicked on my user name in the startup a icon came up saying

"Explorer.exe - unable to locate component. This application has failed to start because WININET.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this program."

I click on OK and i come up to my desk top however, the only thing i see is my wallpaper. there are no icons no start menu no toolbar nothing.
can someone please tell me what to do step by step.
thank you in advance

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#2 franktiii


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Posted 10 December 2005 - 02:58 PM

hitting alt-tab should give you back your desktop icons, or failing that rebooting.

It is a strong possibility that you have a trojan virus that has replaced the legitimate wininet.dll. Do you have up to date anti-virus and anti-spyware programs?

If so run them and see what they find.

If you don't have such programs try avg http://www.grisoft.com/doc/1

there are a number of good freeware anti-spyware programs including adaware, spybot and microsoft anti-spyware.

You might also run a hijackthis log and post it. For information on how to do that go tohttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/

After you are sure your computer is clean, here is a site that will provide you with a fresh copy of wininet.dll and instructions on how to install.

Edited by franktiii, 10 December 2005 - 03:06 PM.

#3 SShabaj

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Posted 11 December 2005 - 10:26 AM

I tried hitting alt-tab and nothing happens.
when i get to my desktop with nothing on it the only way i can do somethings is by hitting ctr-alt-delete and do things through task mannager. i cant even restore my laptop i put the restore disks in and it just goes to the desk top. i hit autoplay through task mannager and that same bleep comes up missing wininet.dll.
i backed up everything i needed so if i could restore this thing i would be very happy. i also ran norton anti virus 2004 and it found one file and deleted it. it was something like "bloodhound.??" it didnt help. i put in the Operating Systems CD and it says u have a later version of xp and you can not continue. if you do continue you will loose some files. the continue button is there but i cant click on it because it isnt highlighted like the cancel and back button. ive tried everything and nothing happens. can someone please help i will pay for assistance. my laptop is a HP zv5240us.
thank you guys in advance

#4 tg1911


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Posted 11 December 2005 - 02:24 PM

Are you able to get internet access?
If so, run these online virus scanners:

Also this online Trojan scanner:

You can get a copy of wininet.dll here:
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