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WinSock Repairing Utilities

1. This program should be used on Windows 98, 98SE, or Windows Me computers whose Winsock2 information has been corrupted.

This program is designed to fix a situation where all of the following are true:

  • the computer can get a valid IP address
  • the computer can ping DNS numbers
  • the computer can be pinged from other computers
  • all other network services do not work (Telnet, ftp and Web browsers)

This program removes the Winsock2 key from the Registry and uninstalls then reinstalls Dial-up Networking. A backup of the registry is made before any changes are attempted (the registry is backed up to user.tom system.tom).

Manual Repair

IMPORTANT: w2fix.exe ONLY WORKS for Windows 98, 98SE, and Windows Millennium

1. Download w2fix.exe to the desktop. (Important: w2fix.exe cannot be run from a floppy disk as the program reboots the computer and a floppy disk would interfere with the boot sequence.)

Note: If you accidentally downloaded the program to a location other than the Desktop, copy it to the Desktop now.

2. Double click on the w2fix file on your Desktop and follow the on-screen instructions. You will be prompted to reboot your computer twice before the fix is complete.

3. You can delete the w2fix.exe file from your computer after the fix is installed.

2. WinSock XP Fix offers a last resort if your Internet connectivity has been corrupted due to invalid or removed registry entries. It can often cure the problem of lost connections after the removal of Adware components or improper uninstall of firewall applications or other tools that modify the XP network and Winsock settings. If you encounter connection problems after removing network related software, Adware or after registry clean-up; and all other ways fail, then give WinSock XP Fix a try. It can create a registry backup of your current settings, so it is fairly safe to use. It is also tested on a test machine that was having a Winsock problem due to some Adware removal, and after running the utility and rebooting, the connectivity was restored.


3. LSP-Fix is a free utility to repair a specific type of problem associated with certain Internet software. This type of software is known as a Layered Service Provider or LSP, a piece of software that can be inserted into the Windows TCP/IP handler like a link in a chain. However, due to bugs in the LSP software or deletion of the software, this chain can get broken, rendering the user unable to access the Internet.

Unfortunately, this type of software is sometimes quietly installed by unrelated software such as file-sharing programs, sneaking onto a system unannounced. In fact, in many cases, the user does not know of its existance until something goes wrong, and he/she can no longer access Web sites. Common offenders include * (NEWDOTNET) and WebHancer *, which are often bundled with file-sharing utilities, DVD player software, and other free downloads. LSP-Fix repairs the Winsock LSP chain by removing the entries left behind when LSP software is removed by hand (or when errors in the software itself break the LSP chain), and removing any gaps in the chain.

LSP-Fix is not a malware removal utility and does not target specific products. LSP-Fix does not delete any files.