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by kafoste / June 30, 2004 10:43 PM PDT

i have win 98se and i now have a local firewall called blackice i believe....im trying to access a web page that before it will load my firewall says IEXPLORE.EXE(WININET.DLL) may be malicious..sound familiar?? i never saw it before i had the firewall is this maybe why?..is it safe?? thanx for your help...and i used caps because thats just how it shows up...karl

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Re: IEXPLORE.EXE(wininet.dll)
by Marianna Schmudlach / July 1, 2004 12:39 AM PDT

WinTasks DLL Library

wininet - wininet.dll - DLL Information
DLL File: wininet or wininet.dll
DLL Name: Internet Extensions for Win32
Description: File that contains Internet-related functions used by Windows applications.
Part Of: Windows
System DLL: Yes
Common Errors: File Not Found, Missing File, Exception Errors

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Re: IEXPLORE.EXE(wininet.dll)
by Donna Buenaventura / July 1, 2004 1:43 AM PDT

Your firewall (Blackice) is using application protection (aka Program component monitoring). Some firewall has this feature. It will alert the user if the existing programs' related file or component (example: IE) has been updated or tries to connect to the net. Check whether your firewall offers to re-scan your internet based applications so the firewall will be aware that it is a legit file.

Scan your system for malicious codes using antivirus and anti-spyware. Try another online virus scan using Housecall - http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_corp.asp . If it's clean - nothing to worry. It is only the firewalls' program compontent monitoring that give you the alert.

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Re: IEXPLORE.EXE(wininet.dll)
by kafoste / July 1, 2004 10:08 PM PDT

thanks for everyone's help.....just wanted to be sure

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