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Where can I download Winsock Files?

My girlfriend and I have been going through a nightmare with her Win98 laptop ever since I deleted some spyware programs a few days ago. Basically, we can still connect to the Internet, but can't view any webpages, and she can't download any email from Earthlink. Earthlink tech support's been no help. After much trial and error, it seems that at least part of the problem is that her winsock files have vanished. According to the Win98 troubleshooter there are 8 files (if memory serves) that she should be able to update from some directory or another on her hard drive (winsock.dll, winsock32.dll...), but they're not there. And they don't seem to be on the Win98 2nd Edition CD (is that possible?). Anyway, does anyone know where I can go to download all the relevant files? I've been Googling and have had no luck so far...

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Did you try the LSPFIX?

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If the LSPFIX doesn't help, try uninstalling TCP/IP from Control Panel/Network, and reinstalling it again. This should get all the missing files.


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Oh geez, forgot I had even posted this question here. Thanks so much for the replies.

It turns out we were on the phone with Microsoft forever, and finally got web pages to view again, only to find that we started getting the "page not found" error again a few weeks later, though we'd changed NOTHING on her system except downloading the spyware they'd recommended.

Again, we were on the phone endlessly with MS, uninstalling and re-installing TCP/IP and the winsocks, and still no luck. Finally, the tech said the only thing left to try is uninstalling and reinstalling Windows 98, so we'll have to try that when we're up to it...

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Looks like a LSP problem to me.

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LSP or "Layered Service Provider" is written up at the web site you find with GOOGLE and the word LSPFIX.

In short the MALWARE installs it's own tcpip layer to do the redirects and ads. Since it does this via a registry setting and a few additional files, NO removal or reinstalling of TCPIP will fix it.

That's why we use LSPFIX.


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I work on alot of computers removing spyware, etc, etc and the same problem happened to me twice. Certain programs can download them selves to Winsock. Go to the following article from Microsoft and follow the instructions on page 3 under "How to recover from Winsock2 Corruption. Go to and type in on the upper right side 811259. The title to this page should read "How to determine and recover from Winsock2 Corruption"...For it not to have been corrected before when you spoke to Micorsoft, then my guess is the TCP/IP protocol was not re-installed right after the Winsock removal as you will see in the directions I highly suggest you follow. Keep us posted.

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Here is the info I used to recover from an accidentally deleted Winsock 32dll. It is from a Windows help page.

Tips & Tricks
Checking your system files for problems
System files are the hardest working files in your computer: they literally "drive" the computer and house the "drivers" for your mouse, printer, and monitor, among others. Every application you install has its own set of system files, so when an application stops working or won't open, there is a strong possibility that something could be wrong with its system files. These files reside in the C:\windows\system directory and usually have extensions such as .386, .COM, .DLL, .DRV, and .VXD, among others.

The Windows 98 System File Checker scans all the system files searching for any that may have been modified or corrupted by a recently installed program. If it finds a problem file, it prompts you to restore the original file from the manufacturer's install disk. If you ignore the prompt, you'll be asked about it again the next time you run System File Checker.

To run System File Checker:

Click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then point to Select System Tools.
Click System Information.
On the menu bar, click Tools.
Click System File Checker.
Choose either Scan for altered files or Extract one file from installation disk.
If you choose to scan for altered files, Windows 98 will prompt you if it finds any corrupt or modified files. Follow the instructions on screen. However, if you know the file name, you can extract the file yourself.

Here's how to do it:

Select Extract one file from installation disk.
Either type the file name or click the Browse button to find the file.
When a file name is entered, click Start
In the Extract File dialog box, type the path from where the file will be restored, or click Browse to find the folder that contains the file. If Windows does not recognize the file you wish to back up, you may have to manually enter the path in Save file in to where the restored file should go, or click Browse to locate the folder where it should go.

Click OK.
Note: You may not see the file you need on your install disks because it may have to be "extracted" from a compressed file.

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