• WS2_32.dll is a Windows system file, associated with Winsock 2.0 - in the simplest sense, Winsock is a Windows component related to Internet access. If you are using Windows 95, you will need to install the Winsock 2.0 update from Microsoft. The Spybot website has an article about that: As for Windows 98, Me, 2000 and XP, to the best of my knowledge all of them come with Winsock 2.0 support installed by default. If you are using one of those version of Windows and that file is missing or corrupted, most likely a third-party program (especially spyware) that was removed from the system is responsible. If you are using XP, look here for a Microsoft Knowledge Base article on how to fix Winsock 2.0 corruption: This article has information for Windows 2000: With Windows 98 or Me, most likely reinstalling the TCP/IP stack and/or Dial-up Networking (if you're using it) will solve the problem. The steps here show you how to do that in 98 (NOT Me):;en-us;Q181599 The following links are for reinstalling Dial-up Networking, uninstalling and reinstalling TCP/IP in Windows Me, respectively: DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for any damage to your Windows installation that may occur as a result of following the instructions at any of the above links. Read the instructions carefully and follow them at your own risk. If you are not comfortable with following them, contact Microsoft, your computer manufacturer (if applicable) or a local computer shop for help in properly replacing the file.
  • Download a new one. : ) That site is exactly what it says it is: a collection of .dll files to download when one of yours has been lost or corrupted. It's also jam-packed with ads for paid support and software, but since they offer the actual files for free, you can safely ignore those. (The FAQ in the help section will tell you where and how to install the file once you have it.)

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