Ok so maybe someone out there can help me with this. I'm typing this on my laptop computer. Every "internet using" device in the house works. Nothing is wrong with the router, nothing is wrong with the cable modem. Wii works, ps3 works, pc's work, mac works, XP, 7, etc. So theres nothing wrong with the internet connection. On my desktop computer (windows 7) I was browsing google looking for info on how to dualboot os's. Turns out i had some little malware on the computer doing the whole google redirect thing. Google redirected me to some shady search engine and all the little goodies started to pour in. The lastest version of avira antivir guard caught some of it and was rid of it, but whatever snuck its way on here through that redirect disabled my internet access. I checked the hosts file, its clean...only the default 127 bla bla entry in there. I tried a system restore, no good. I tried safe mode with networking... i can connect to the router and it says it has internet access but there's still no browsing. I ran combofix as an administrator in safe mode, because for some reason it doesnt run in normal mode. In normal mode, combofix runs, then it closes quickly and the dialog pops up "this program may have not installed correctly and bla bla" Aside from combofix, I ran a scan with the latest updated avira antivir (free) and i was able to remove 8 infected files. This didnt really do anything, but its nice to know they are gone. Spybot wont install bc it needs to connect to the internet to install. I can ping 188.8.131.52 but i cant ping google.com if i nslookup google.com and type the ip into my browser 184.108.40.206 google comes up but you cant click anything or it dies so im guessing its a cached page. Tried the ns lookup for 3 other sites, bing, facebook, and yahoo and was able to obtain the ip's but the pings time out. if i type in th domain name, such as ping google.com, it says the name is invalid or something similar to that. Im usually really good with this kind of thing, but i cant seem to figure this one out. I also tried disabling the ipv6, and manually entering the dns servers into the ipv4 and that didnt work. Dns servers i tried were 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, and i even ran ipconfig on my xp laptop and used the dns server that it was using, something like 192.168.1.1 and 1.2... still nothing. So whatever this malware did, it seems to be blocking any type of communication between outside web sites and the computer. I can ping the router successfully, i can ping 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 successfully, and i can ping other computers on the network successfully. Remember, everything else in the house has internet access so it isnt the router, or the cable modem. Anyone have any ideas? I tried to give as much info as possible, tell me if you need something... Oh and I am NOT in the mood to do any reformatting and reinstalling. I have no way of backing up my programs and my 800 gigs of life.