Hi Big Steve,
WS2_32.dll is a Windows system file, associated with Winsock 2.0 - in the simplest sense, Winsock is a Windows component related to Internet access.
If you are using Windows 95, you will need to install the Winsock 2.0 update from Microsoft. The Spybot website has an article about that:
I must say that this forum is very informative; I have posted some about my old PC still running on WIN 95 and having only a 4GB HD. Two weeks ago something happened to my old PC; I later found out that my browser had been hijacked. When I received my phone bill last week there was an unusual charge; one which I'm disputing.
Now just last week my PC was hit with a virus; I have Norton's AV but haven't been able to receive any live updates from them for a few months now. Everytime my PC took a hit I submitted the data to Norton; Norton sent me an automated message saying my files were damaged by adware; I've never heard of adware.
A friend of mine who knows more about computers than I do tried to help me out; had me download this; download that; nothing seemed to work.
He did recommend that I download a program called Spybot S & D but once I downloaded it and attempted to run it I received the following error message:
A required .DLL file, WS2_32.DLL was not found.
I'm very frustrated at this point and have decided to move this old PC to another room to use simply for word processing; no more internet use for this puppy.
I'm in the 40+ age category; I'm not a gamer; I use a computer mainly for word processing; email; web surfing and Quicken. I've been reading several recent posts about a new computer by EMachine; the model number begins with a "6" I think. Is that a pretty good PC for basic computer use? Does EMachine have average to good tech support; hopefully better than Dell's.
Before I connect any new computer to the internet; I'm still on slow dial-up; besides a good anti-virus program; what else do I need to purchase and install in a new PC so as to avoid what has hit my old PC in recent weeks? My PC will be 7 years old in August but now it's time for a change.
Finally as I attempt to type out this post; the words on the screen appear sluggish; I type out the letters but have to wait several second before they appear on screen. Could this also be related to my computer problems? Whatever it is; something has gotten into my old computer and it's NOT running smoothly as it did before; definitely not. Comments from any computer experts please.
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