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IEXPLORER caused an error in WININET.DLL

Everytime I try to open Internet Explorer I get that error message shortly after it starts. I ran a bunch of spyware removal software, S&D, Ad-Aware, and X-Cleaner, and now it is doing like that. Please help.
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This behavior can occur for one of the following reasons: • One or more cache files in the Temporary Internet Files folder may be damaged.  
• The History folder or the cache folders used by Internet Explorer are damaged.  
• The index files used to track the contents of the History or cache folders are damaged.
To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods:
Method 1
Delete the Temporary Internet Files folder. To do so, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, point to Programs, and then click MS-DOS Prompt.  
2. Type deltree tempor~1, and then press ENTER. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, press Y, and then press ENTER.  
3. Type exit, and then press ENTER.  
4. Click the Internet Explorer icon and the necessary folders will be re-built upon starting.
If the issue continues to occur, proceed to the next method.
Method 2
Empty the History and cache folders used by Internet Explorer. To do so, follow these steps: 1. Click Options on the View menu in Internet Explorer.  
2. Click the Navigation tab, click Clear History in the History area, and then click Yes in the dialog box that appears.  
3. Click the Advanced tab, click Settings in the Temporary Internet Files area, click Empty Folder, and then click Yes in the dialog box that appears. NOTE: After performing these steps, check to see if the issue has been resolved. If it has not been resolved, continue with step 4.
4. In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.  
5. Click Internet Explorer in the list of installed programs, and then click Add/Remove.  
6. After Internet Explorer has been removed, restart the computer. When you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, press the F8 key, and then choose Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu.  
7. Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after each command.
NOTE: When you press ENTER after typing each of the following deltree commands, you should be prompted to confirm that you want to delete the folder. If this prompt is not displayed, the deltree command may have been typed incorrectly.

      cd \windows
      deltree tempor~1
      deltree history
      cd system
      ren mshtml.dll mshtml.old
      ren shdocvw.dll shdocvw.old
      ren inetcfg.dll inetcfg.old
      ren actxprxy.dll actxprxy.old
      ren wininet.dll wininet.old
      ren cachevu.dll cachevu.old
      ren inetcpl.cpl inetcpl.old
      ren shlwapi.dll shlwapi.old
      ren url.dll url.old
      ren urlmon.dll urlmon.old
      ren wsock32n.dll wsock32n.old
8.Press the CTRL+ALT+DELETE key combination to restart your computer and restart Windows normally.  
9. Reinstall Internet Explorer  

  good luck

This is the updated Win98 KB:


Slightly different.

If you're running IE5.x, it may be worth updating to IE6.0SP1:


Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
Hello mikethacker
Try locating this file WININET.DLL, and fixing it.
OR replace it with a newer file.
try this link, you'll find it here.

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