I have been fighting with a computer for the last 3 days - Outlook Express works, I can ping by URL or domain name (meaning DNS works) but I cannot get ANY page to open in Internet Explorer. It had 7 installed - I installed 8 - no improvement. I installed Firefox. It doesn't work either. I added a new user - still no joy. AVG and SuperAntiSpyware come up clean. Clean-My-PC registry cleaner comes up clean. I reinstalled XP Pro SP3 from a known good install disk as a repair install. I've run WinsockFix programs and deleated and re-installed networking services. I'ce replaced the NIC. What is causing the problem and how do I fix it? A total strip-down and re-install is more than daunting. This thing has Mastercam, autocad, accounting software, tax software, and at least a dozen other specialized sotware packages installed.
I have dissabled all add-ons, and all programs that start on bootup.
I've checked the 'net and it appears I'm far from the only one fighting this problem - and there does not appear to be any commonality to the "fixes" being recommended (most of which I have tried) or ehat finally ends up "solving" the problem.
All other systems connected to this network run fine, and this one misbehaves on another network as well.
Running in safe mode with network connection, both IE and Firefox work just fine.
How do I pin down what the problem is, and then fix it??? Any chance it is a hardware problem (Asus board P4S333 with StarTech NIC (replaced) - hardware monitor shows all voltages in range, no popped caps on the motherboard, all temps good.