I have a Compaq Presario 3000 running XP home and it got a bit of adware and a couple of virii on it that I removed using Trendmicro Housecall, and Adaware.
Just after removing this stuff, the computer was working great, and the internet was working as well, I remember using IE extensively.
The next morning I booted up and could not access any web pages in IE. I also had an installation of Firefox, which didn't work either. I was able to ping and resolve DNS via the command prompt, but no Web browser.
The even viewer shows a bootup error from the Workstation Service: "Initialization failed because the requested service redirector could not be started" EventID 3113
This now happens every time I boot, and I cannot ever access anything via a browser, but the connection is good.
Just so you know I have a local lan that I connect through via Ethernet, with DHCP. Like I said, I can ping outside the network fine from the command prompt.
Any ideas on what might be going on here? I sure would appreciate it!