Intermittant Internet Access through IE
Posted on 2011-03-24
WinXP-SP2, IE 8, Router: Linksys WRT160N
I have this problem where, after restarting my PC, Internet Explorer works for a while then stops. This is very consistent.
Another symptom is that when it stops working, I can no longer ping the PC from another one on my home network. Also cannot remote desktop to the PC.
Other PC’s on my network are working fine.
I’ve run virus software, removed all firewall and antivirus software, uninstalled and reinstalled network card device and drivers, reset my router, tried both static and dynamic IP addresses.
Here’s another odd twist. When I am VPN’d into one of my client sites, I can access the internet with no problems. This kind-of makes sense since the IP assigned to me is through their router and I’m accessing the internet through their network. But then it makes me wonder, why can’t I get to the internet on my PC when I'm not VPN'd to another network.
I thought I had it figured it out after I reset my router. That worked for a day, but now a day later, same problem. I heard about some router virus that was resetting the DNS server IP address, but it looks correct. And remember, I don’t have a problem with my other PC's on the network.
It really looks like some type of virus, but maybe the two antivirus programs I used, missed it. (AVG, Maleware Bytes).
Also, no problems with Outlook email.
Any ideas out there?