I'm running Win XP Pro, SP2.
Suddenly at the beginning of the month, my internet connectivity failed. When I open Firefox (FF), Opera or IE6, I can browse 2-3 pages, then I get time out errors. Often when I open FF, I get a time out error trying to connect to google. This occurs in the browsers listed above.
I have ZoneAlarm Firewall, anti-virus and spyware. I also run PCTools Spyware Doctor. I ran "deep" scans with both products without success.
I downloaded and installed Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, a-squared Anti-Malware, and Your Trojan Hunter. Ran scans with all products without success.
I also restored my C drive from a Shadow Protect backup I took on 2009-02-09. I did get my internet connectivity back. However, I had to reactiviat windows. Once I did that and rebooted, internet connectivity failed as before.
I don't believe it is an issue of max of 10 connections with Win XP Pro.
I suspect one of my networking files has been corrupted/replaced.
I do suspect some sort of malware.
Right now I am reloading Win XP Pro. However, I can always restore with Shadow Protect.
Any thoughts on how to resolve this issue?
Thanks very much.