1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Cannot connect to the Internet after reinstalling XP

By anna29maria ยท 28 replies
Sep 30, 2009
  1. anna29maria

    anna29maria TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Finally, with option #3. Which I wouldnt have thought of since I just reinstalled it when I switched slots. Thanks for sticking with me. You rock!

    Now onto all of the XP updates.....if I crash you'll be the first to hear it.

    Thanks again!
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Thanks for the update (and the good news! :grinthumb)

    Be sure to click Custom when running Windows Updates. Install all the Hardware Optional updates it provides (software optional updates are your choice). Keep repeating till it finally says no more updates.
  3. anna29maria

    anna29maria TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So after all that I'm going to have go through the whole thing again because I already got a virus. The only things I installed were the msupdates, sybot and avg so I'm truly at a loss. Damn, damn, damn. If I had the $$$ I'd get a mac and be done with getting malware so often. Anyway, any suggestions for free anti spyware?
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Okay, just so you know, You don't have to intentionally install anything to get a virus or other malware! Let's have a talk about what security programs you're using:

    1. You need one good regularly updating antivirus program. AVG is not among the best. Maybe the v9 will be better, but in the meantime, if you have the free AVG, trade it in for one of these other AV programs:

    Both of the following programs are free and known to be good:
    Avira Free
    Avast Home
    Please reboot the system after the installation is complete.

    Once the programs is installed, you should check for updates immediately and then run a full system scan. This will help to make sure the program is configured and working properly and alert you to any viruses that might be on the system as a result of not having a functional AV.

    2. You should have a bi-directional firewall:
    A firewall is an important part of "layered security" in addition to an antivirus and anti-malware program for spyware/adware.
    • It can be a software program (Windows firewall, Comodo firewall, Zone Alarm firewall)
    • or hardware (as in a router) that helps screen out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach your computer over the Internet.
    • If you have a bi-directional firewall, it will 'listen' at both the ports coming in and the ports going out. The means that if malware does get on the system and tries to access the internet from within your system, it will be blocked.

    I recommend either of these software firewalls.- both are free:
    You should have only one software firewall. You may also use a router. Most routers have a hardware firewall in them. You can use both hardware and software firewalls together, but use only one software firewall.

    Please use the site addresses I have given. They are for the free versions, firewall only. Some companies have bundled programs.

    3.You should have at least 2 anti-malware (spyware/adware) programs.
    I recommend the following- free and good:
    • Spywareblaster:
    • SpywareBlaster protects against bad ActiveX. It places kill bits to stop bad Active X controls from being installed. Remember to update it regularly.
    • IE/Spyad
    • This places over 4000 websites and domains in the IE Restricted list which will severely impair attempts to infect your system. It basically prevents any downloads (Cookies etc) from the sites listed, although you will still be able to connect to the sites.
    • MVPS Hosts files This replaces your current HOSTS file with one containing well know ad sites etc. Basically, this prevents your computer from connecting to those sites by redirecting them to which is your local computer.
    • Google Toolbar Get the free google toolbar to help stop pop up windows.

    If you would like to begin on this and check your system for malware now, please move over to the Virus and Malware Forum. Follow the steps HERE.

    Then attach the logs from Malwarebytes and Superantispyware and Paste the HijackThis log in the reply.
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...