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Ran Ad-Aware SE, now can not connect to the internet

Posted on 2005-04-07
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Last Modified: 2010-04-11
Hello.  I was getting a constant pop-up window stating "error loading winupd.dll".  After reading several threads in this site it seams it was caused by spyware.  I downloaded and ran Ad-Aware SE and it found several spyware apps.  I removed them all and it mentioned that there was one that it was not able to delete, inetadpt.dll, and that it would like to reboot then remove this spyware.  I proceeded to reboot and it finished with the deletion process of inetadpt.dll.

The problem now is that I can not get on the internet.  I use a dhcp address from Verizon DSL and everything is ok to the computer.  The computer simply does not pick up an address and shows the current ip address as a 169.x.x.x address with no gateway.  I have restored the backup from Ad-Aware to no avail.  I have also removed the app entirely to no avail.  I have searched my hard drive for any instances of inetadpt.dll to no avail.  Someone please help!!!  Thank you.
Question by:robster15
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Hello.  Well . . . that one is known as an intrnet connection killer.

If you have netscape, try that.

Since you're able to post here, I assume you have another machine.  Get Microsoft's Anti-Spyware from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=321cd7a2-6a57-4c57-a8bd-dbf62eda9671&displaylang=en

Install the software, and then go to advanced options and restore your browser.

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I do not believe this is a browser issue.  I can not ping any internet addresses because I do not have a valid ip address.  
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Remove your NIC in harware manager and let the machine refind it.
Add back tcp/ip using default settings, and DHCP should pick up the new address
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blue_zee earned 1000 total points
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Download, unzip and run this Winsock fix:


Restart and test.

Good luck,


Expert Comment

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if all else fails re-run the latest service pack

Expert Comment

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If you have IPCONFIG.EXE on your system you might try that to take a look.  I had to set it up in a batch file with a MORE option to make it display everything on my system.

Also, you can get your ISP help desk to walk you through simple restore stuff in your Control Panel.
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Right on the mark!
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