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Explorer & Firefox stop working

By BBoW
Apr 21, 2009
  1. Hello all,

    I have been having problems with my webbrowsers. Here's the situation:

    Had a problem with my windows as described in thread below:

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic123763.html

    What I ended up doing is installing windows on a different partition and am using that now as my OS (on drive D:). I installed Win XP Pro with SP1, did all the updates so now I have SP3 and all the other updates for windows.

    For some reason when I start my Internet Explorer it will work fine for a few minutes and when you click on a link it stops working (as if the internet is disconnected). I installed FireFox to see if that is better (and am loving it!), but that will also stop working after I start a torrent program. same thing it's as if there is no internet connection, whilst the torrent program will work fine no matter what.

    Now I have used the connection fault finding that IE provides and it said there was something wrong with the Winsock and it would reset it, but no matter how often I do this it will not get fixed.

    I have had issues with the Winupdates as well during the installation, and on their site it said to check the services.msc and start the

    - Auto updates
    - BITS
    - Event log

    This enabled me to get the updates, but internet is still intermittent.

    I have a LAN connection, so permanently connected. I've never had problems with my internet before and due to the fact that the torrent program is working fine I assume that the hardware and connection is working fine. So this must be a software related issue.

    I apologise for the vague description, but that's the best I can do.

    Is there anybody out there that could help me to get this thing to work fulltime?
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    UNINSTALL the torrent software
    download, install and run lspfix

    then get a command prompt (run->cmd) and enter

    netsh winsock reset
     
  3. BBoW

    BBoW TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Found the problem.....some 250 viruses, trojans, malware etc. found after a scan with Avira!!!

    Who would've thought that a computer could be riddled with these immediately after Windows installation.

    Anyhow, it's fixed now, firefox works like a charm.
     
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