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Hello all,

When I start up Win 95, I get an error:

Unable to start password.exe....remove from win.ini

Missing AWutil.dll or similar missing...

Any ideas? What is the AWutil.dll?

Also, Internet Explorer causes an exception error with kernel32.dll.

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Hi Bart,

Open your Win.ini (start/Run/Win.ini), and take a look at the lines run= and load=

Is Password.exe mentioned there? Remove it after the = sign.
I don't know WHAT it is, but it sounds like a trojan.

About Awutil.dll, if the file's really called that, all I could find points to a program called Lantastic 7.0
Did you remove this program or something else recently?

As for your Exception error, when exactly does this take place?

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Tony,

The exception error occurs during IE or somtimes Netscape, but always online.

I removed and reinstalled the communications software, but same message. I found something at Microsoft ( imagine that ), about deleting my .pwl files.

I have yet to do some virus scans. Will do that tomorrow. Not my computer.

As for lantastic, no. Incidentally, this occurred after somone checked their [email protected]#$% Hotmail account.

bart
 

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You should take a look in Regedit at the following keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ RunServices
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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Look in the right pane for references to this dll, or to programs you're sure have been removed.
If you find one, highlight it, and click 'delete'.

Before you start removing anything, do this:

Go to Start/run, and paste the following into the box: regedit /e reg.reg
Click OK.
Your registry will now be exported (copied) to a reg file on your desktop, so that you'll have a backup in case you remove something from the Registry you shouldn't have.

And have you checked your Win.ini?
 

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User connects through Local dialup account ( sympatico ) using Netscape mail.
No MSN.

netscape version is 4.7..., explorer is probably 4.x

I did check the Win.ini file for password.exe and it is there. The reason I did not delete it at the time was because I thought win 95 used it for logging in to something.
 

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I will do so. However, it would be nice to know how it ties in to this awutil.dll and other errors, it has been causing. Sounds like a virus.

Will make some changes, run some virusscanners ( the online one sounds good ) and return with a summary later.

Thanks, for your help

ciau
 
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