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Missing the Glitches and Potholes

Magazine article Online

Missing the Glitches and Potholes

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Still a little wary about installing Internet software on your PC; still a little queasy about what could go wrong? Hey, you've got grounds; some of the turnoffs on the superhighway are closed! To make your journey safer, here are a few potholes to avoid:

*Check your system for a file named WINSOCK.DLL. If anything will cause problems, this file will. Why? You can only have one of them, and some services want to install their own, perhaps overwriting the one you've been using. Be especially careful when installing the Web browsers from the commercial online services and from companies offering a suite of protocols, such as FTP, telnet, etc. Each usually has its own WINSOCK file.

What is WINSOCK.DLL? Simply put, it allows your computer to understand Internet-ese. Where is it? You can usually find WINSOCK.DLL in the c:\windows\ subdirectory. New users should look in Start/Find/Files or Folders and type the file name to locate any copies. …

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