Something alien in my system

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

Got a problem that started about two days ago.
First, upon boot up I get a msg that WS2_32.DLL is
missing. I cannot locate such a file on W95 system CD.
Next thing that happens is IE is executed on its own and
initially this brought up a pop-up ad; but after deleting
temp internet files, it comes up as a blank IE box (the
kind that has no control buttons in the window). I close
that and if i call on IE with my modem off, it comes up
fine, but if turn on the modem first, there is a massive
delay in bringing up IE and sometimes I have to do an "End
task" and try again.
When accessing your site today, I have encountered an
enormous amount of script error messages, especially when
trying to use the scroll bar of the small window to the
left of the screen.
I have also encountered a log text file that the system
will not let me delete. It seems related. It contains
date time and various messages like: "Timer not
expires" "checking ros timer" "not time to display
ad" "have internet stuff to do but no connection"
This log started about 8pm on the 20th and continues to
recieve entries.
Ran vius check late on 19th and found and deleted 4
infections; have run it several times since and found
nothing.

A separate but related question: Can virus or spyware
invade your computer via IM?
19 answers Last reply
More about something alien system
  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    Can not answer other questions but Instant Messenger is a
    prime target nowadays for hackers and viruses. Norton
    even includes the Instant Messengers in their Anti virus
    software now.

    Janet
    >-----Original Message-----
    >Got a problem that started about two days ago.
    >First, upon boot up I get a msg that WS2_32.DLL is
    >missing. I cannot locate such a file on W95 system
    CD.
    >Next thing that happens is IE is executed on its own and
    >initially this brought up a pop-up ad; but after
    deleting
    >temp internet files, it comes up as a blank IE box (the
    >kind that has no control buttons in the window). I
    close
    >that and if i call on IE with my modem off, it comes up
    >fine, but if turn on the modem first, there is a massive
    >delay in bringing up IE and sometimes I have to do
    an "End
    >task" and try again.
    >When accessing your site today, I have encountered an
    >enormous amount of script error messages, especially
    when
    >trying to use the scroll bar of the small window to the
    >left of the screen.
    >I have also encountered a log text file that the system
    >will not let me delete. It seems related. It contains
    >date time and various messages like: "Timer not
    >expires" "checking ros timer" "not time to display
    >ad" "have internet stuff to do but no connection"
    >This log started about 8pm on the 20th and continues to
    >recieve entries.
    >Ran vius check late on 19th and found and deleted 4
    >infections; have run it several times since and found
    >nothing.
    >
    >A separate but related question: Can virus or spyware
    >invade your computer via IM?
    >.
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    ws2_32.dll is a part of the Winsock 2 Update for Windows 95.
    The correct way to get it is to install the update.

    Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/default.asp
    for the Winsock 2 Update for Win 95, and the Year 2000 Update for Winsock 2.

    Winsock 2:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WUAdminTools/S_WUNetworkingTools/W95Sockets2/Default.asp

    Read all the info on the web page, and all the links.
    Also linked on that page, under Recommended Updates- Networking, is the Year 2000 Update for Winsock2, which must be installed afterwards:

    Microsoft DUN 1.3 and Winsock2 Year 2000 Update
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WURecommended/S_WUNetworking/dunwinsky2k/Default.asp

    Regarding the rest of your post, you apparently have at least ad-ware, perhaps spyware and trojans on your system.

    Update your anti-virus app and then run a full-system virus scan.

    Use CWShredder, the CoolWeb removal tool, available here:
    http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/CWShredder.exe
    http://aumha.org/downloads/cwshredder.zip

    In addition, install Ad-Aware 6 free edition, start it, click its 'Check for Updates' link in the app to install updates, then use it to scan your system, and remove what it finds.
    Ad-Aware:
    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/

    Install, update and run SpyBot Search & Destroy, scan your system, and then remove the items in RED only.
    SpyBot S&D:
    http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download

    Download, unzip, and run Hijack This from one of these locations:
    http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/HijackThis.exe
    Unzip to a folder other than your Desktop or the Temp folder, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".

    When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
    Press that, save the log somewhere you can find it (Desktop, My Documents, or similar).
    Most of what it lists will be harmless or even required, so do NOT fix anything yet.

    Copy the log files and paste them into a new post at one of these forums:
    http://forum.aumha.org/
    http://forums.net-integration.net/
    http://computercops.biz/forums.html
    http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showforum=30
    http://tomcoyote.org/forums/
    http://www.lavasoftsupport.com
    http://boards.cexx.org/

    The folks there will tell you what to remove.

    A tutorial for using Hijack This is located here:
    http://tomcoyote.com/hjt/
    and an in-depth tutorial is here:
    http://aumha.org/a/hjttutor.htm

    Additional reading:
    Dealing with Hijackware
    http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    http://www.mvps.org/inetexplorer/Darnit.htm#tshoot
    http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm

    http://doxdesk.com/parasite/CoolWebSearch.html
    and
    http://www.merijn.org/cwschronicles.html
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm


    "John Summe" <johnsumme@fuse.net> wrote in message news:1f59c01c457b1$37672130$a501280a@phx.gbl...
    > Got a problem that started about two days ago.
    > First, upon boot up I get a msg that WS2_32.DLL is
    > missing. I cannot locate such a file on W95 system CD.
    > Next thing that happens is IE is executed on its own and
    > initially this brought up a pop-up ad; but after deleting
    > temp internet files, it comes up as a blank IE box (the
    > kind that has no control buttons in the window). I close
    > that and if i call on IE with my modem off, it comes up
    > fine, but if turn on the modem first, there is a massive
    > delay in bringing up IE and sometimes I have to do an "End
    > task" and try again.
    > When accessing your site today, I have encountered an
    > enormous amount of script error messages, especially when
    > trying to use the scroll bar of the small window to the
    > left of the screen.
    > I have also encountered a log text file that the system
    > will not let me delete. It seems related. It contains
    > date time and various messages like: "Timer not
    > expires" "checking ros timer" "not time to display
    > ad" "have internet stuff to do but no connection"
    > This log started about 8pm on the 20th and continues to
    > recieve entries.
    > Ran vius check late on 19th and found and deleted 4
    > infections; have run it several times since and found
    > nothing.
    >
    > A separate but related question: Can virus or spyware
    > invade your computer via IM?
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    Glen,

    Thank you for all the information. I have restored the
    missing dll as well as updated winsock, which I didn't
    know needed it.

    CWShredder works very well.

    However, I cannot locate a vs of Adware for W95 at
    lavasoftusa. Is there someplace else I need to look for
    it?

    Thanks,
    John Summe
    >-----Original Message-----
    >ws2_32.dll is a part of the Winsock 2 Update for Windows
    95.
    >The correct way to get it is to install the update.
    >
    >Go to
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/default.asp
    >for the Winsock 2 Update for Win 95, and the Year 2000
    Update for Winsock 2.
    >
    >Winsock 2:
    >http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WUAd
    minTools/S_WUNetworkingTools/W95Sockets2/Default.asp
    >
    >Read all the info on the web page, and all the links.
    >Also linked on that page, under Recommended Updates-
    Networking, is the Year 2000 Update for Winsock2, which
    must be installed afterwards:
    >
    >Microsoft DUN 1.3 and Winsock2 Year 2000 Update
    >http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WURe
    commended/S_WUNetworking/dunwinsky2k/Default.asp
    >
    >Regarding the rest of your post, you apparently have at
    least ad-ware, perhaps spyware and trojans on your system.
    >
    >Update your anti-virus app and then run a full-system
    virus scan.
    >
    >Use CWShredder, the CoolWeb removal tool, available here:
    >http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    >http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    >http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/CWShredder.exe
    >http://aumha.org/downloads/cwshredder.zip
    >
    >In addition, install Ad-Aware 6 free edition, start it,
    click its 'Check for Updates' link in the app to install
    updates, then use it to scan your system, and remove what
    it finds.
    >Ad-Aware:
    >http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    >
    >Install, update and run SpyBot Search & Destroy, scan
    your system, and then remove the items in RED only.
    >SpyBot S&D:
    >http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download
    >
    >Download, unzip, and run Hijack This from one of these
    locations:
    >http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    >http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    >http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/HijackThis.exe
    >Unzip to a folder other than your Desktop or the Temp
    folder, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".
    >
    >When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will
    change into a "Save Log" button.
    >Press that, save the log somewhere you can find it
    (Desktop, My Documents, or similar).
    >Most of what it lists will be harmless or even required,
    so do NOT fix anything yet.
    >
    >Copy the log files and paste them into a new post at one
    of these forums:
    >http://forum.aumha.org/
    >http://forums.net-integration.net/
    >http://computercops.biz/forums.html
    >http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showforum=30
    >http://tomcoyote.org/forums/
    >http://www.lavasoftsupport.com
    >http://boards.cexx.org/
    >
    >The folks there will tell you what to remove.
    >
    >A tutorial for using Hijack This is located here:
    >http://tomcoyote.com/hjt/
    >and an in-depth tutorial is here:
    >http://aumha.org/a/hjttutor.htm
    >
    >Additional reading:
    >Dealing with Hijackware
    >http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    >http://www.mvps.org/inetexplorer/Darnit.htm#tshoot
    >http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
    >
    >http://doxdesk.com/parasite/CoolWebSearch.html
    >and
    >http://www.merijn.org/cwschronicles.html
    >--
    >Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    >http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    >
    >
    >"John Summe" <johnsumme@fuse.net> wrote in message
    news:1f59c01c457b1$37672130$a501280a@phx.gbl...
    >> Got a problem that started about two days ago.
    >> First, upon boot up I get a msg that WS2_32.DLL is
    >> missing. I cannot locate such a file on W95 system
    CD.
    >> Next thing that happens is IE is executed on its own
    and
    >> initially this brought up a pop-up ad; but after
    deleting
    >> temp internet files, it comes up as a blank IE box (the
    >> kind that has no control buttons in the window). I
    close
    >> that and if i call on IE with my modem off, it comes up
    >> fine, but if turn on the modem first, there is a
    massive
    >> delay in bringing up IE and sometimes I have to do
    an "End
    >> task" and try again.
    >> When accessing your site today, I have encountered an
    >> enormous amount of script error messages, especially
    when
    >> trying to use the scroll bar of the small window to the
    >> left of the screen.
    >> I have also encountered a log text file that the system
    >> will not let me delete. It seems related. It
    contains
    >> date time and various messages like: "Timer not
    >> expires" "checking ros timer" "not time to display
    >> ad" "have internet stuff to do but no connection"
    >> This log started about 8pm on the 20th and continues to
    >> recieve entries.
    >> Ran vius check late on 19th and found and deleted 4
    >> infections; have run it several times since and found
    >> nothing.
    >>
    >> A separate but related question: Can virus or spyware
    >> invade your computer via IM?
    >
    >.
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    John <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:2110301c45a08$8ffb3620$a401280a@phx.gbl...
    > Glen,
    >
    > Thank you for all the information. I have restored the
    > missing dll as well as updated winsock, which I didn't
    > know needed it.
    >
    > CWShredder works very well.
    >
    > However, I cannot locate a vs of Adware for W95 at
    > lavasoftusa. Is there someplace else I need to look for
    > it?

    They are all here

    http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=adaware
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    Just install the version they have....it works in Win95 as well. You need to have
    Winsock 2 installed, which you say you now have, and you *may* need Visual basic 6
    run-time libraries installed. You will know when you try to run it.....if it is
    missing something, it will complain.

    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/downloadfaq.html
    Download and install the Visual Basic 6 Run-time libraries from the link there.

    Alternately, you can go directly here, and download from the link in the article:
    VBRun60sp5.exe Installs Visual Basic 6.0 Run-Time Files:
    http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=290887

    While at the javacoolsoftware site, you should also install Spyware Blaster:
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

    You will also need both files listed at
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/downloadfaq.html
    for that to run.
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm


    "John" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:2110301c45a08$8ffb3620$a401280a@phx.gbl...
    > Glen,
    >
    > Thank you for all the information. I have restored the
    > missing dll as well as updated winsock, which I didn't
    > know needed it.
    >
    > CWShredder works very well.
    >
    > However, I cannot locate a vs of Adware for W95 at
    > lavasoftusa. Is there someplace else I need to look for
    > it?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > John Summe
    > >-----Original Message-----
    > >ws2_32.dll is a part of the Winsock 2 Update for Windows
    > 95.
    > >The correct way to get it is to install the update.
    > >
    > >Go to
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/default.asp
    > >for the Winsock 2 Update for Win 95, and the Year 2000
    > Update for Winsock 2.
    > >
    > >Winsock 2:
    > >http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WUAd
    > minTools/S_WUNetworkingTools/W95Sockets2/Default.asp
    > >
    > >Read all the info on the web page, and all the links.
    > >Also linked on that page, under Recommended Updates-
    > Networking, is the Year 2000 Update for Winsock2, which
    > must be installed afterwards:
    > >
    > >Microsoft DUN 1.3 and Winsock2 Year 2000 Update
    > >http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WURe
    > commended/S_WUNetworking/dunwinsky2k/Default.asp
    > >
    > >Regarding the rest of your post, you apparently have at
    > least ad-ware, perhaps spyware and trojans on your system.
    > >
    > >Update your anti-virus app and then run a full-system
    > virus scan.
    > >
    > >Use CWShredder, the CoolWeb removal tool, available here:
    > >http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    > >http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    > >http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/CWShredder.exe
    > >http://aumha.org/downloads/cwshredder.zip
    > >
    > >In addition, install Ad-Aware 6 free edition, start it,
    > click its 'Check for Updates' link in the app to install
    > updates, then use it to scan your system, and remove what
    > it finds.
    > >Ad-Aware:
    > >http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    > >
    > >Install, update and run SpyBot Search & Destroy, scan
    > your system, and then remove the items in RED only.
    > >SpyBot S&D:
    > >http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download
    > >
    > >Download, unzip, and run Hijack This from one of these
    > locations:
    > >http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    > >http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    > >http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/HijackThis.exe
    > >Unzip to a folder other than your Desktop or the Temp
    > folder, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".
    > >
    > >When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will
    > change into a "Save Log" button.
    > >Press that, save the log somewhere you can find it
    > (Desktop, My Documents, or similar).
    > >Most of what it lists will be harmless or even required,
    > so do NOT fix anything yet.
    > >
    > >Copy the log files and paste them into a new post at one
    > of these forums:
    > >http://forum.aumha.org/
    > >http://forums.net-integration.net/
    > >http://computercops.biz/forums.html
    > >http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showforum=30
    > >http://tomcoyote.org/forums/
    > >http://www.lavasoftsupport.com
    > >http://boards.cexx.org/
    > >
    > >The folks there will tell you what to remove.
    > >
    > >A tutorial for using Hijack This is located here:
    > >http://tomcoyote.com/hjt/
    > >and an in-depth tutorial is here:
    > >http://aumha.org/a/hjttutor.htm
    > >
    > >Additional reading:
    > >Dealing with Hijackware
    > >http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    > >http://www.mvps.org/inetexplorer/Darnit.htm#tshoot
    > >http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
    > >
    > >http://doxdesk.com/parasite/CoolWebSearch.html
    > >and
    > >http://www.merijn.org/cwschronicles.html
    > >--
    > >Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    > >http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > >
    > >
    > >"John Summe" <johnsumme@fuse.net> wrote in message
    > news:1f59c01c457b1$37672130$a501280a@phx.gbl...
    > >> Got a problem that started about two days ago.
    > >> First, upon boot up I get a msg that WS2_32.DLL is
    > >> missing. I cannot locate such a file on W95 system
    > CD.
    > >> Next thing that happens is IE is executed on its own
    > and
    > >> initially this brought up a pop-up ad; but after
    > deleting
    > >> temp internet files, it comes up as a blank IE box (the
    > >> kind that has no control buttons in the window). I
    > close
    > >> that and if i call on IE with my modem off, it comes up
    > >> fine, but if turn on the modem first, there is a
    > massive
    > >> delay in bringing up IE and sometimes I have to do
    > an "End
    > >> task" and try again.
    > >> When accessing your site today, I have encountered an
    > >> enormous amount of script error messages, especially
    > when
    > >> trying to use the scroll bar of the small window to the
    > >> left of the screen.
    > >> I have also encountered a log text file that the system
    > >> will not let me delete. It seems related. It
    > contains
    > >> date time and various messages like: "Timer not
    > >> expires" "checking ros timer" "not time to display
    > >> ad" "have internet stuff to do but no connection"
    > >> This log started about 8pm on the 20th and continues to
    > >> recieve entries.
    > >> Ran vius check late on 19th and found and deleted 4
    > >> infections; have run it several times since and found
    > >> nothing.
    > >>
    > >> A separate but related question: Can virus or spyware
    > >> invade your computer via IM?
    > >
    > >.
    > >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    Unfortunately, you cannot download any updated reference files for any of the old
    versions, rendering them fairly useless. The latest build will work on Win95 as
    long as Winsock 2 and perhaps VB 6 run-times are installed.
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm

    "Hugh Candlin" <no@spam.com> wrote in message
    news:u3dWO3gWEHA.1048@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >
    > John <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:2110301c45a08$8ffb3620$a401280a@phx.gbl...
    > > Glen,
    > >
    > > Thank you for all the information. I have restored the
    > > missing dll as well as updated winsock, which I didn't
    > > know needed it.
    > >
    > > CWShredder works very well.
    > >
    > > However, I cannot locate a vs of Adware for W95 at
    > > lavasoftusa. Is there someplace else I need to look for
    > > it?
    >
    > They are all here
    >
    > http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=adaware
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    glee <glee29@spamindspring.com> wrote in message news:#RwtWnhWEHA.1656@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Unfortunately, you cannot download any updated reference files for any of the old
    > versions, rendering them fairly useless. The latest build will work on Win95 as
    > long as Winsock 2 and perhaps VB 6 run-times are installed.

    Has anyone ever actually tried downloading the current REFLIST.REF
    and using it with an older version that you know of?
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    "Hugh Candlin" <no@spam.com> wrote in message
    news:%230e8k8hWEHA.2576@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >
    > glee <glee29@spamindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:#RwtWnhWEHA.1656@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > > Unfortunately, you cannot download any updated reference files for any of the
    old
    > > versions, rendering them fairly useless. The latest build will work on Win95 as
    > > long as Winsock 2 and perhaps VB 6 run-times are installed.
    >
    > Has anyone ever actually tried downloading the current REFLIST.REF
    > and using it with an older version that you know of?

    You are elected by unanimous vote...let us know if it works. <g>
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    glee <glee29@spamindspring.com> wrote in message news:#pwCRniWEHA.2340@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > "Hugh Candlin" <no@spam.com> wrote in message
    > news:%230e8k8hWEHA.2576@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > >
    > > glee <glee29@spamindspring.com> wrote in message
    > news:#RwtWnhWEHA.1656@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > > > Unfortunately, you cannot download any updated reference files for any of the
    > old
    > > > versions, rendering them fairly useless. The latest build will work on Win95 as
    > > > long as Winsock 2 and perhaps VB 6 run-times are installed.
    > >
    > > Has anyone ever actually tried downloading the current REFLIST.REF
    > > and using it with an older version that you know of?
    >
    > You are elected by unanimous vote...let us know if it works. <g>
    > --
    > Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    > http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm

    To plagiarize and mangle the immortal words of William Sherman

    If elected, I will not serve. However, if nominated,
    I will [grin, duck and] run [very, very fast].
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    Glen,

    I cannot get AdWare to install. A small blue window pops
    up informing me "Initializing Wise Installation wizard"
    then goes away and nothing happens. I installed the VB6
    files as instructed. I tried installing adware several
    times after doing virus scans and running CWShredder and
    rebooting, but still nothing. Do I need this up and
    runnning before I download and use the SpyBot stuff?

    John

    >-----Original Message-----
    >Just install the version they have....it works in Win95
    as well. You need to have
    >Winsock 2 installed, which you say you now have, and you
    *may* need Visual basic 6
    >run-time libraries installed. You will know when you try
    to run it.....if it is
    >missing something, it will complain.
    >
    >http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/downloadfaq.html
    >Download and install the Visual Basic 6 Run-time
    libraries from the link there.
    >
    >Alternately, you can go directly here, and download from
    the link in the article:
    >VBRun60sp5.exe Installs Visual Basic 6.0 Run-Time Files:
    >http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=290887
    >
    >While at the javacoolsoftware site, you should also
    install Spyware Blaster:
    >http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
    >
    >You will also need both files listed at
    >http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/downloadfaq.html
    >for that to run.
    >--
    >Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    >http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    >
    >
    >"John" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message
    >news:2110301c45a08$8ffb3620$a401280a@phx.gbl...
    >> Glen,
    >>
    >> Thank you for all the information. I have restored the
    >> missing dll as well as updated winsock, which I didn't
    >> know needed it.
    >>
    >> CWShredder works very well.
    >>
    >> However, I cannot locate a vs of Adware for W95 at
    >> lavasoftusa. Is there someplace else I need to look
    for
    >> it?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> John Summe
    >> >-----Original Message-----
    >> >ws2_32.dll is a part of the Winsock 2 Update for
    Windows
    >> 95.
    >> >The correct way to get it is to install the update.
    >> >
    >> >Go to
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/default.asp
    >> >for the Winsock 2 Update for Win 95, and the Year 2000
    >> Update for Winsock 2.
    >> >
    >> >Winsock 2:
    >>
    >http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WUAd
    >> minTools/S_WUNetworkingTools/W95Sockets2/Default.asp
    >> >
    >> >Read all the info on the web page, and all the links.
    >> >Also linked on that page, under Recommended Updates-
    >> Networking, is the Year 2000 Update for Winsock2, which
    >> must be installed afterwards:
    >> >
    >> >Microsoft DUN 1.3 and Winsock2 Year 2000 Update
    >>
    >http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WURe
    >> commended/S_WUNetworking/dunwinsky2k/Default.asp
    >> >
    >> >Regarding the rest of your post, you apparently have at
    >> least ad-ware, perhaps spyware and trojans on your
    system.
    >> >
    >> >Update your anti-virus app and then run a full-system
    >> virus scan.
    >> >
    >> >Use CWShredder, the CoolWeb removal tool, available
    here:
    >> >http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    >> >http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    >>
    >http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/CWShredder.exe
    >> >http://aumha.org/downloads/cwshredder.zip
    >> >
    >> >In addition, install Ad-Aware 6 free edition, start it,
    >> click its 'Check for Updates' link in the app to install
    >> updates, then use it to scan your system, and remove
    what
    >> it finds.
    >> >Ad-Aware:
    >> >http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    >> >
    >> >Install, update and run SpyBot Search & Destroy, scan
    >> your system, and then remove the items in RED only.
    >> >SpyBot S&D:
    >> >http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download
    >> >
    >> >Download, unzip, and run Hijack This from one of these
    >> locations:
    >> >http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    >> >http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    >>
    >http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/HijackThis.exe
    >> >Unzip to a folder other than your Desktop or the Temp
    >> folder, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".
    >> >
    >> >When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will
    >> change into a "Save Log" button.
    >> >Press that, save the log somewhere you can find it
    >> (Desktop, My Documents, or similar).
    >> >Most of what it lists will be harmless or even
    required,
    >> so do NOT fix anything yet.
    >> >
    >> >Copy the log files and paste them into a new post at
    one
    >> of these forums:
    >> >http://forum.aumha.org/
    >> >http://forums.net-integration.net/
    >> >http://computercops.biz/forums.html
    >> >http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showforum=30
    >> >http://tomcoyote.org/forums/
    >> >http://www.lavasoftsupport.com
    >> >http://boards.cexx.org/
    >> >
    >> >The folks there will tell you what to remove.
    >> >
    >> >A tutorial for using Hijack This is located here:
    >> >http://tomcoyote.com/hjt/
    >> >and an in-depth tutorial is here:
    >> >http://aumha.org/a/hjttutor.htm
    >> >
    >> >Additional reading:
    >> >Dealing with Hijackware
    >> >http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    >> >http://www.mvps.org/inetexplorer/Darnit.htm#tshoot
    >> >http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
    >> >
    >> >http://doxdesk.com/parasite/CoolWebSearch.html
    >> >and
    >> >http://www.merijn.org/cwschronicles.html
    >> >--
    >> >Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    >> >http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >"John Summe" <johnsumme@fuse.net> wrote in message
    >> news:1f59c01c457b1$37672130$a501280a@phx.gbl...
    >> >> Got a problem that started about two days ago.
    >> >> First, upon boot up I get a msg that WS2_32.DLL is
    >> >> missing. I cannot locate such a file on W95 system
    >> CD.
    >> >> Next thing that happens is IE is executed on its own
    >> and
    >> >> initially this brought up a pop-up ad; but after
    >> deleting
    >> >> temp internet files, it comes up as a blank IE box
    (the
    >> >> kind that has no control buttons in the window). I
    >> close
    >> >> that and if i call on IE with my modem off, it comes
    up
    >> >> fine, but if turn on the modem first, there is a
    >> massive
    >> >> delay in bringing up IE and sometimes I have to do
    >> an "End
    >> >> task" and try again.
    >> >> When accessing your site today, I have encountered an
    >> >> enormous amount of script error messages, especially
    >> when
    >> >> trying to use the scroll bar of the small window to
    the
    >> >> left of the screen.
    >> >> I have also encountered a log text file that the
    system
    >> >> will not let me delete. It seems related. It
    >> contains
    >> >> date time and various messages like: "Timer not
    >> >> expires" "checking ros timer" "not time to display
    >> >> ad" "have internet stuff to do but no connection"
    >> >> This log started about 8pm on the 20th and continues
    to
    >> >> recieve entries.
    >> >> Ran vius check late on 19th and found and deleted 4
    >> >> infections; have run it several times since and
    found
    >> >> nothing.
    >> >>
    >> >> A separate but related question: Can virus or
    spyware
    >> >> invade your computer via IM?
    >> >
    >> >.
    >> >
    >
    >.
    >
  11. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    Hmmm. There are some malware that actually prevent the installation of virus
    scanners and some programs such as Ad-Aware or SpyBot. it is not necessary to
    install Ad-Aware before SpyBot, but it is possible that you may also have trouble
    installing SpyBot, if this is the case. Try it.

    You may end up having to go right to CWShredder and Hijack This, if you cannot get
    the others to install.
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm


    "John Summe" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:2167b01c45b97$dc09de00$a601280a@phx.gbl...
    > Glen,
    >
    > I cannot get AdWare to install. A small blue window pops
    > up informing me "Initializing Wise Installation wizard"
    > then goes away and nothing happens. I installed the VB6
    > files as instructed. I tried installing adware several
    > times after doing virus scans and running CWShredder and
    > rebooting, but still nothing. Do I need this up and
    > runnning before I download and use the SpyBot stuff?
    >
    > John
    >
    > >-----Original Message-----
    > >Just install the version they have....it works in Win95
    > as well. You need to have
    > >Winsock 2 installed, which you say you now have, and you
    > *may* need Visual basic 6
    > >run-time libraries installed. You will know when you try
    > to run it.....if it is
    > >missing something, it will complain.
    > >
    > >http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/downloadfaq.html
    > >Download and install the Visual Basic 6 Run-time
    > libraries from the link there.
    > >
    > >Alternately, you can go directly here, and download from
    > the link in the article:
    > >VBRun60sp5.exe Installs Visual Basic 6.0 Run-Time Files:
    > >http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=290887
    > >
    > >While at the javacoolsoftware site, you should also
    > install Spyware Blaster:
    > >http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
    > >
    > >You will also need both files listed at
    > >http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/downloadfaq.html
    > >for that to run.
    > >--
    > >Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    > >http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > >
    > >
    > >"John" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    > message
    > >news:2110301c45a08$8ffb3620$a401280a@phx.gbl...
    > >> Glen,
    > >>
    > >> Thank you for all the information. I have restored the
    > >> missing dll as well as updated winsock, which I didn't
    > >> know needed it.
    > >>
    > >> CWShredder works very well.
    > >>
    > >> However, I cannot locate a vs of Adware for W95 at
    > >> lavasoftusa. Is there someplace else I need to look
    > for
    > >> it?
    > >>
    > >> Thanks,
    > >> John Summe
    > >> >-----Original Message-----
    > >> >ws2_32.dll is a part of the Winsock 2 Update for
    > Windows
    > >> 95.
    > >> >The correct way to get it is to install the update.
    > >> >
    > >> >Go to
    > >> http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/default.asp
    > >> >for the Winsock 2 Update for Win 95, and the Year 2000
    > >> Update for Winsock 2.
    > >> >
    > >> >Winsock 2:
    > >>
    > >http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WUAd
    > >> minTools/S_WUNetworkingTools/W95Sockets2/Default.asp
    > >> >
    > >> >Read all the info on the web page, and all the links.
    > >> >Also linked on that page, under Recommended Updates-
    > >> Networking, is the Year 2000 Update for Winsock2, which
    > >> must be installed afterwards:
    > >> >
    > >> >Microsoft DUN 1.3 and Winsock2 Year 2000 Update
    > >>
    > >http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WURe
    > >> commended/S_WUNetworking/dunwinsky2k/Default.asp
    > >> >
    > >> >Regarding the rest of your post, you apparently have at
    > >> least ad-ware, perhaps spyware and trojans on your
    > system.
    > >> >
    > >> >Update your anti-virus app and then run a full-system
    > >> virus scan.
    > >> >
    > >> >Use CWShredder, the CoolWeb removal tool, available
    > here:
    > >> >http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    > >> >http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    > >>
    > >http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/CWShredder.exe
    > >> >http://aumha.org/downloads/cwshredder.zip
    > >> >
    > >> >In addition, install Ad-Aware 6 free edition, start it,
    > >> click its 'Check for Updates' link in the app to install
    > >> updates, then use it to scan your system, and remove
    > what
    > >> it finds.
    > >> >Ad-Aware:
    > >> >http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/
    > >> >
    > >> >Install, update and run SpyBot Search & Destroy, scan
    > >> your system, and then remove the items in RED only.
    > >> >SpyBot S&D:
    > >> >http://www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=download
    > >> >
    > >> >Download, unzip, and run Hijack This from one of these
    > >> locations:
    > >> >http://computercops.biz/downloads-cat-14.html
    > >> >http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads31.html
    > >>
    > >http://www.spywareinfo.com/downloads/tools/HijackThis.exe
    > >> >Unzip to a folder other than your Desktop or the Temp
    > >> folder, doubleclick HijackThis.exe, and hit "Scan".
    > >> >
    > >> >When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will
    > >> change into a "Save Log" button.
    > >> >Press that, save the log somewhere you can find it
    > >> (Desktop, My Documents, or similar).
    > >> >Most of what it lists will be harmless or even
    > required,
    > >> so do NOT fix anything yet.
    > >> >
    > >> >Copy the log files and paste them into a new post at
    > one
    > >> of these forums:
    > >> >http://forum.aumha.org/
    > >> >http://forums.net-integration.net/
    > >> >http://computercops.biz/forums.html
    > >> >http://forums.spywareinfo.com/index.php?showforum=30
    > >> >http://tomcoyote.org/forums/
    > >> >http://www.lavasoftsupport.com
    > >> >http://boards.cexx.org/
    > >> >
    > >> >The folks there will tell you what to remove.
    > >> >
    > >> >A tutorial for using Hijack This is located here:
    > >> >http://tomcoyote.com/hjt/
    > >> >and an in-depth tutorial is here:
    > >> >http://aumha.org/a/hjttutor.htm
    > >> >
    > >> >Additional reading:
    > >> >Dealing with Hijackware
    > >> >http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
    > >> >http://www.mvps.org/inetexplorer/Darnit.htm#tshoot
    > >> >http://aumha.org/a/parasite.htm
    > >> >
    > >> >http://doxdesk.com/parasite/CoolWebSearch.html
    > >> >and
    > >> >http://www.merijn.org/cwschronicles.html
    > >> >--
    > >> >Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    > >> >http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> >"John Summe" <johnsumme@fuse.net> wrote in message
    > >> news:1f59c01c457b1$37672130$a501280a@phx.gbl...
    > >> >> Got a problem that started about two days ago.
    > >> >> First, upon boot up I get a msg that WS2_32.DLL is
    > >> >> missing. I cannot locate such a file on W95 system
    > >> CD.
    > >> >> Next thing that happens is IE is executed on its own
    > >> and
    > >> >> initially this brought up a pop-up ad; but after
    > >> deleting
    > >> >> temp internet files, it comes up as a blank IE box
    > (the
    > >> >> kind that has no control buttons in the window). I
    > >> close
    > >> >> that and if i call on IE with my modem off, it comes
    > up
    > >> >> fine, but if turn on the modem first, there is a
    > >> massive
    > >> >> delay in bringing up IE and sometimes I have to do
    > >> an "End
    > >> >> task" and try again.
    > >> >> When accessing your site today, I have encountered an
    > >> >> enormous amount of script error messages, especially
    > >> when
    > >> >> trying to use the scroll bar of the small window to
    > the
    > >> >> left of the screen.
    > >> >> I have also encountered a log text file that the
    > system
    > >> >> will not let me delete. It seems related. It
    > >> contains
    > >> >> date time and various messages like: "Timer not
    > >> >> expires" "checking ros timer" "not time to display
    > >> >> ad" "have internet stuff to do but no connection"
    > >> >> This log started about 8pm on the 20th and continues
    > to
    > >> >> recieve entries.
    > >> >> Ran vius check late on 19th and found and deleted 4
    > >> >> infections; have run it several times since and
    > found
    > >> >> nothing.
    > >> >>
    > >> >> A separate but related question: Can virus or
    > spyware
    > >> >> invade your computer via IM?
    > >> >
    > >> >.
    > >> >
    > >
    > >.
    > >
  12. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    On Thu, 24 Jun 2004 09:30:29 -0700, "John"

    >However, I cannot locate a vs of Adware for W95 at
    >lavasoftusa. Is there someplace else I need to look?

    Both AdAware 6 and Spybot nominally require Winsock 2 before they will
    run on Windows 95. I say "nominally", because all you need do is put
    a copy of two Winsock 2 code files (WS2Help.dll and WS2_32.dll) in the
    base dir of Spybot and AdAware 6, and they are happy even if Winsock 2
    is not actually installed in Windows.

    Some other anti-commercial-malware apps (e.g. CWShredder and other
    from the same site) require the runtime of Visual Basic 6, which can
    be downloaded from there or from links from there to MS.


    >------------ ----- ---- --- -- - - - -
    The most accurate diagnostic instrument
    in medicine is the Retrospectoscope
    >------------ ----- ---- --- -- - - - -
  13. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    John Summe wrote:
    >
    > Glen,
    >
    > I cannot get AdWare to install. A small blue window pops
    > up informing me "Initializing Wise Installation wizard"
    > then goes away and nothing happens. I installed the VB6
    > files as instructed. I tried installing adware several
    > times after doing virus scans and running CWShredder and
    > rebooting, but still nothing. Do I need this up and
    > runnning before I download and use the SpyBot stuff?

    Sorry for interjecting so late here. :-)

    I had the same problem trying to install Ad-Aware 6.1 on Windows 95B
    after doing a clean re-install of Windows recently. However, version 6.0
    installs fine on Win95 (though Lavasoft says Win98+ in sys.req.). I had
    version 6.0 on a CD from a computer magazine I had lying around.
    Afterwards, I just ran the update to get the latest reference file. No
    problem!

    In conclusion: Ad-Aware works fine on Windows 95 through version 6.0.
    With Ad-Aware version 6.1 it seems that Win95-users once again are left
    behind.

    --
    / Frank, Sweden.
  14. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    I have had Ad-Aware 6.181 installed on Win95B since that build came out....no
    problem whatsoever.
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm

    ":Frank Ö" <never@heterosexualNO$PAM.com> wrote in message
    news:#sOgf6FaEHA.4032@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > John Summe wrote:
    > >
    > > Glen,
    > >
    > > I cannot get AdWare to install. A small blue window pops
    > > up informing me "Initializing Wise Installation wizard"
    > > then goes away and nothing happens. I installed the VB6
    > > files as instructed. I tried installing adware several
    > > times after doing virus scans and running CWShredder and
    > > rebooting, but still nothing. Do I need this up and
    > > runnning before I download and use the SpyBot stuff?
    >
    > Sorry for interjecting so late here. :-)
    >
    > I had the same problem trying to install Ad-Aware 6.1 on Windows 95B
    > after doing a clean re-install of Windows recently. However, version 6.0
    > installs fine on Win95 (though Lavasoft says Win98+ in sys.req.). I had
    > version 6.0 on a CD from a computer magazine I had lying around.
    > Afterwards, I just ran the update to get the latest reference file. No
    > problem!
    >
    > In conclusion: Ad-Aware works fine on Windows 95 through version 6.0.
    > With Ad-Aware version 6.1 it seems that Win95-users once again are left
    > behind.
    >
    > --
    > / Frank, Sweden.
  15. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    You can get a virus removal from google by searching for
    stinger , copy to floppy and run text.
    >-----Original Message-----
    >Can not answer other questions but Instant Messenger is
    a
    >prime target nowadays for hackers and viruses. Norton
    >even includes the Instant Messengers in their Anti virus
    >software now.
    >
    >Janet
    >>-----Original Message-----
    >>Got a problem that started about two days ago.
    >>First, upon boot up I get a msg that WS2_32.DLL is
    >>missing. I cannot locate such a file on W95 system
    >CD.
    >>Next thing that happens is IE is executed on its own
    and
    >>initially this brought up a pop-up ad; but after
    >deleting
    >>temp internet files, it comes up as a blank IE box (the
    >>kind that has no control buttons in the window). I
    >close
    >>that and if i call on IE with my modem off, it comes up
    >>fine, but if turn on the modem first, there is a
    massive
    >>delay in bringing up IE and sometimes I have to do
    >an "End
    >>task" and try again.
    >>When accessing your site today, I have encountered an
    >>enormous amount of script error messages, especially
    >when
    >>trying to use the scroll bar of the small window to the
    >>left of the screen.
    >>I have also encountered a log text file that the system
    >>will not let me delete. It seems related. It
    contains
    >>date time and various messages like: "Timer not
    >>expires" "checking ros timer" "not time to display
    >>ad" "have internet stuff to do but no connection"
    >>This log started about 8pm on the 20th and continues to
    >>recieve entries.
    >>Ran vius check late on 19th and found and deleted 4
    >>infections; have run it several times since and found
    >>nothing.
    >>
    >>A separate but related question: Can virus or spyware
    >>invade your computer via IM?
    >>.
    >>
    >.
    >
  16. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    glee wrote:
    >
    > I have had Ad-Aware 6.181 installed on Win95B since that build came out....no
    > problem whatsoever.

    Hmm ... That makes me a bit nervous/paranoid. :-) Since I had the same
    problem as John Summe, when I double click the install file of 6.181,
    the little blue splash screen pops up ... then nothing. No message that
    it cannot install, nothing running in the background. Just died.

    But 6.0 build 160 installs and works just fine.

    --
    / Frank, Sweden.
  17. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    I wonder why....did you try downloading it freash and installing again? Where did
    you get the download?
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP W95/98 Systems
    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm

    ":Frank Ö" <never@heterosexualNO$PAM.com> wrote in message
    news:uw2VNdmaEHA.808@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > glee wrote:
    > >
    > > I have had Ad-Aware 6.181 installed on Win95B since that build came out....no
    > > problem whatsoever.
    >
    > Hmm ... That makes me a bit nervous/paranoid. :-) Since I had the same
    > problem as John Summe, when I double click the install file of 6.181,
    > the little blue splash screen pops up ... then nothing. No message that
    > it cannot install, nothing running in the background. Just died.
    >
    > But 6.0 build 160 installs and works just fine.
    >
    > --
    > / Frank, Sweden.
  18. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 10:00:12 -0700, "John Summe" <johnsumme@fuse.net>

    >First, upon boot up I get a msg that WS2_32.DLL is
    >missing. I cannot locate such a file on W95 system CD.

    WS2_32.DLL and some other "Help" DLL are the Winsock 2 upgrade, which
    isn't part of Win95 but can be added to it.

    Neither Spybot 1.2 (haven't tested Spybot 1.3 on this) nor AdAware
    6.181 will run without these two Winsock 2 files being present, which
    creates the impression they won't work on Win95. But if you place the
    two Winsock 2 .DLL in the same dir as these apps - even tho Winsock 2
    is not actually installed - they will work in Win95.

    <snip of malware behaviour snipped>


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  19. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win95.general.discussion (More info?)

    glee wrote:
    > I wonder why....did you try downloading it freash and installing again? Where did
    > you get the download?

    I got the download from www.lavasoft.de as usual. Got the same file for
    my new computer with Windows XP, and it installed just fine.

    Will try a fresh download, maybe from Download.com or Lavasoft USA, and
    new installation later (I'm on the new 'puter now), but last year's
    version with up-to-date reference files isn't too bad for Windows 95? ;-)

    --
    / Frank, Sweden.
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