Can Ping FQDN But Cannot Browse Through IE or FF

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I have a network that works with all other computers (XP Pro, XP Home, And W2k)

I have an XP system that will browse the internet for approx 8 minutes with FF and IE then page cannot be displayed.

I can still ping FQDN and IP addresses after 8 minutes.

I have run WinSockFix, Ad-Aware, Smitremove and Spybot. All are clean.

I am loosing hair over this one.

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is it just with the xp this happens?
gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
Yes, the other systems are running fine and we've had others come in that have been fine.

Yesterday there was a system that had the same issues and 100+ viruses.  The user wanted a reload so we didn't persue the network issue. After the reload, all was good.

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gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
It's just this xp system.
have you the dns server of the ISP in your tcp settings
gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
We have tried DHCP (internal DNS), DHCP with static external DNS, Static IP and Static DNS (Internal), and Static IP and Static DNS (External).

We can ping FQDN's all day long on this one.  When we try to push Port 80 traffic (web browser and command line) we get a failure (after 8 minutes).  When we do port 25 (telnet to our smtp server on a different network) from command line, we connect fine.

It's a good one......
Yves AccadNetwork Security EngineerCommented:
To rule out Internet Explorer can you install firefox on this machine.

Do you have the same issue with firefox?
gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
Both Firefox and Explorer, each produces the same results
Yves AccadNetwork Security EngineerCommented:
Is the virus definition updated on this machine. Have you done a full scan for viruses. Do you have a software firewall running on this machine?
gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
Virus definitions are up to date and running correctly, system is clean.  XP firewall built in and currently disabled.
Yves AccadNetwork Security EngineerCommented:
You may want to install Hijackthis and post the log here.
Just to rule out any suspicious process that might be taking over. It's the 8minute thing that's wierd.
gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
Here is the highjack this log;

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 5:53:41 PM, on 10/25/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgwb.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\Test\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
O2 - BHO: Yahoo! Companion BHO - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn0\ycomp5_5_7_1.dll
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: AIM Search - {40D41A8B-D79B-43d7-99A7-9EE0F344C385} - C:\Program Files\AIM Toolbar\AIMBar.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Companion - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn0\ycomp5_5_7_1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [HXDL.EXE] C:\Program Files\BestBuy\HelpExpress\HXDL.EXE -from="HXIUL.EXE" -to="HXIUL.EXE" -run
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\Program Files\AIM95\aim.exe
O9 - Extra button: - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\Shdocvw.dll
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {00B71CFB-6864-4346-A978-C0A14556272C} (Checkers Class) -
O16 - DPF: {4F1E5B1A-2A80-42CA-8532-2D05CB959537} (MSN Photo Upload Tool) -
O16 - DPF: {62475759-9E84-458E-A1AB-5D2C442ADFDE} -
O16 - DPF: {8E0D4DE5-3180-4024-A327-4DFAD1796A8D} (MessengerStatsClient Class) -
O16 - DPF: {B9191F79-5613-4C76-AA2A-398534BB8999} (YAddBook Class) -
O16 - DPF: {F58E1CEF-A068-4C15-BA5E-587CAF3EE8C6} (MSN Chat Control 4.5) -
O16 - DPF: {F6BF0D00-0B2A-4A75-BF7B-F385591623AF} (Solitaire Showdown Class) -
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: MsgPlusLoader.dll
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG E-mail Scanner (AVGEMS) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: Intel(R) NMS (NMSSvc) - Intel Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\NMSSvc.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe

Yves AccadNetwork Security EngineerCommented:
I'm not saying this will necessarly resolve your issue, however I would get rid of:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [HXDL.EXE] C:\Program Files\BestBuy\HelpExpress\HXDL.EXE -from="HXIUL.EXE" -to="HXIUL.EXE" -run

I know it probably came with your computer if you purchased it a Bestbuy, but it could be causing browser issues. HXDL.exe is known to cause performance issues.

This link could help you remove it:
gtshighlandAuthor Commented:

Here's the tests we have run.

after 8 minutes it bombed again.
tried a direct ip browser address to a known web server---NADA
tried an FTP session (port 21) to a known server---YES
changed a known webserver to port 200 and browsed---YES
reset the known webserver to 80 and browsed---NADA
banged our heads against the wall---NADA

Looks like it's blocking port 80

gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
Trying a registry backup before it bombs out and a restore after it bombs....

gtshighlandAuthor Commented:

Hijackthis log is the same before and after also.

gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
Here's a idea (but not an answer)

We ran ethereal against the system and HackerEliminator.  HE found nothing BUT....after the internet bombed, all web traffic was routed to port 8083 from akadns.

Not sure what this means but that's where we are.

Yves AccadNetwork Security EngineerCommented:
please make sure you are not using a proxy server on this machine, or that the browser is not pointing to one.

run netstat on the machine, do you see any unusual listening ports, please post.
gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
All done long ago.

There is something that is waiting 8 min (or so) after a reboot and then forwarding all port 80 tcp (web) traffic to and forcing all Port 80 traffic to port 8083.  

Completely Stumped!!!!

Yves AccadNetwork Security EngineerCommented: is one of microsofts load balancers. Are you only trying to access the microsoft website, have you tried other sites?
gtshighlandAuthor Commented:
Here's the fix and the close.

The problem was a bad uninstall of zonealarm and files left in place that were not supposed to be a probllem (but were)

This is what I did.

- Click Start, Find or Search, select your local hard drive, type in "VSDATA*.*" and click on the Search button.
- If you find any files named VSDATA95 or VSDATANT, delete them (you can do this from the search window).
- Now in the find field, type in "INTERNET LOGS", and click Search.
- Delete all of the above and empty recycle bin.

ZoneAlarm said this shouldnt happen but when we nslookup (the ethereal results) this is what we get.


If you ask, ZoneLabs says this only happens in win98/2k/me

After doing the above, we have been surfing successfully for 42 minutes.

Thanks to all for the help.
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