The application has failed to start because wininet.dll was not found

Earlier this afternoon I had to help a student with a typical spyware/ virus issue. At least that’s what I initially thought the service call would entail. Boy was I wrong. The problems started with the error message “The application has failed to start because wininet.dll was not found” and led to the Task Manager not loading and various Windows XP services not loading.

To work around this problem I had to find a copy of WinInet.dll (The file contains components for Internet related operations) and then re-register the file to ensure that Windows XP would recognize the new file.

Below is a summary of the steps I took to resolve the problem:

1) Download WinInet.dll from an online source or computer. Thanks to the wonderful service of Dll-files, I was able to find a compressed version of WinInet.dll However, part of the problem is that the shell extensions for Compressed Folders was also disabled.

2) From another computer I extracted the WinInet.dll file and then saved the file to an external disk. The extracted WinInet.dll file was then copied to \Windows\System32\

3) Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task Manager.

4) Click on File and then on New Task and then type regsvr32 C:\Windows\System32\WinInet.dll

After running the above steps I was able to restart the computer. Obviously, the above error was caused by some variant of spyware. After further research the problem appears to be fairly common and various removal tools such as SmitRem can help with the removal of the spyware and also replace the WinInet.dll file.

School of Medicine

The Temple University School of Medicine has just launched a new website. It looks so much better than what was available before and showcases the school as a center for research and education. As quoted from the website,

From such modest beginnings, Temple University School of Medicine has emerged as a school of national reputation. One in every five people who applies to medical school in the United States applies to Temple. Some 708 graduates are on faculty at medical schools across the nation, 31 are department chairs, 2 are deans. Temple grads don’t stray far from their alma mater – many physicians in the Philadelphia region graduated from Temple – but others head biotechnology firms across the land, and other serve as doctors in countries as far away as Hong Kong, Israel, and the Ivory Coast.

Norton Removal Tools

If anyone else is looking for Symantec or Norton removal tools, try some of the following tools: 

  1. NoNav
     
  2. RNav2003
     
    Removing Norton AntiVirus 2003 or earlier by using the Rnav2003.exe removal utility when Add/Remove programs fails.Source: Removing Norton AntiVirus 2003 or earlier by using the Rnav2003.exe
  3. RnisUPG
     
    When you uninstalled Norton Internet Security or Norton Personal Firewall 2003 or earlier through Windows Programs list or Add/Remove Programs, the process failed. You want to use the Symantec RnisUPG removal tool to uninstall Norton Internet Security or Norton Personal Firewall versions 2003 and earlier.

    Source: Uninstalling Norton Internet Security or Personal Firewall 2003 or earlier using the RnisUPG
     
  4. SYMClean (Symantec Application Cleanup Utility)
     
    Symantec provides the SYMClean utility, SymClean.exe, to remove Norton SystemWorks files and registry entries that are not removed by the Windows Add/Remove Programs utility.
     
    Source: Introduction to SYMClean
     
  5. SymNRT
     
    The Norton uninstall tool uninstalls all Norton 2004/2005/2006 products from your computer. It also uninstalls Norton Ghost 10.0/9.0/2003.
      
    Source: Using the Norton Uninstall Tool

Symantec Removal Tools

If anyone else is looking for Symantec or Norton removal tools, try some of the following tools: 

  1. NoNav
     
  2. RNav2003
     
    Removing Norton AntiVirus 2003 or earlier by using the Rnav2003.exe removal utility when Add/Remove programs fails.Source: Removing Norton AntiVirus 2003 or earlier by using the Rnav2003.exe
  3. RnisUPG
     
    When you uninstalled Norton Internet Security or Norton Personal Firewall 2003 or earlier through Windows Programs list or Add/Remove Programs, the process failed. You want to use the Symantec RnisUPG removal tool to uninstall Norton Internet Security or Norton Personal Firewall versions 2003 and earlier.

    Source: Uninstalling Norton Internet Security or Personal Firewall 2003 or earlier using the RnisUPG
     
  4. SYMClean (Symantec Application Cleanup Utility)
     
    Symantec provides the SYMClean utility, SymClean.exe, to remove Norton SystemWorks files and registry entries that are not removed by the Windows Add/Remove Programs utility.
     
    Source: Introduction to SYMClean
     
  5. SymNRT
     
    The Norton uninstall tool uninstalls all Norton 2004/2005/2006 products from your computer. It also uninstalls Norton Ghost 10.0/9.0/2003.
      
    Source: Using the Norton Uninstall Tool

Windows Live Mail Desktop

Four Windows Live announcements in the course of 24 hours – Windows Live Messenger Build 8.566, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Expo and now Windows Live Mail Desktop. Microsoft is definitely on a roll. According to Lei Gong, Windows Live Mail Desktop will be an advertisement powered desktop mail client. Is it just me or is having to support and develop Outlook Express, Outlook and Windows Live Mail Desktop one too many? Either way, Windows Live Mail Desktop is supposed to include a host of new features including direct synchronization with your Windows Live Mail. Duh?

  • Integration with Windows Live Mail and Messenger
  • Photo Mail
  • RSS Feeds
  • Anti-Phishing
  • Word Wheel
  • Multiple Accounts