Spyware: dinst.exe - dsr.dll

This section provides a tutorial example on remove spyware 'dinst.exe' and 'dsr.dll'.

Symptom: Once a while, a Windows alert window pops up and says:

   dinst.exe - Bad Image
   The application or DLL c:\windows\dsr.dll is not a valid Windows image. 
   Please check this against your installation diskette. 

HijackThis Report: I ran HijackThis on my friend's system and saw these lines:

... c:\windows\dsr.dll
... c:\windows\dinst.exe

Quick Research: I did a Google search on "Remove dsr.dll" and located some good information from http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=550004.

What I Did:

1. Looked at c:\windows\dsr.exe, found the file, and deleted it:

>del c:\windows\dsr.exe
>del c:\windows\dsr.dll
>del c:\windows\dinst.exe

Result: The alert window is gone.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 What Is Spyware?

 "HijackThis" - Spyware and Browser Hijacker Detector

 "HijackThis" Report Entry Types

 Spyware: WebBar - htwtb.bin and bar.dll

 Spyware: SurfBuddy - sbuddy.dll

 Spyware: WebSpecials - webspec.dll

 Spyware: DSSAgent - DSSAgent.exe

 Transponder: Best Offer - farmmext.exe

Spyware: dinst.exe - dsr.dll

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version