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Windows 8 browser lockdown - can't browse

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Wierd one this, hopefully I'm missing something obvious.
I have a brand new Sony laptop and I'm having a serious problem with it straight out of the box. After letting the machine set itself up for first use I start to use the computer. The first couple of minutes of use internet access is fine, then all web browsers just stop loading pages and eventually time out  (IE says "this page can't be displayed" and when I installed Chrome it says no network access and suggests adding the program to firewall lists - which I tried to no effect) even though internet/network access is still fine, (wifi icon in toolbar reports "internet access") as proven by the fact that some programs can still download updates in the background (eg updates to preinstalled apps in the WIndows store). I have re-imaged the machine back to factory standard several times after trying various things (disabling McAfee being the first as it smacks of an overzealous firewall) but it behaves the same every time. This means that the laptop is unusable until this problem is fixed so I would appreciate some help. The machine is on my local network which is properly configured and works fine for everything else (although this is my first ootb Windows 8 machine)

I have tried -
reimage machine back to factory spec several times
install a different browser - chrome
disabling McAfee Total Protection in startup and rebooting
uninstalling McAfee Total Protection and rebooting
with McAfee uninstalled, disabling Windows Firewall
connecting to a different wireless network or a LAN
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by:Thomas Grassi
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How are you connecting to the network?

wireless or wired?

ipconfig /all and post
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by:ms-mtx
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I've tried wireless and wired - both behave the same. Just reimaging back to factory spec again - will post ipconfig results shortly.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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How are you re imaging?

Are you doing a fresh install?  

I would suggest a fresh install reformat the drive NTFS full
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I'm restoring the factory build using the Sony util. Don't really want to do a vanilla build and add all the utilities unless I have to. Ipconfig file attached - looks normal to me for my network.
ipconfig.txt
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by:Thomas Grassi
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Can you ping www.yahoo.com

try nslookup yahoo.com
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by:McKnife
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Hi.

If possible, boot into safe mode with network access (howto: http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-boot-into-windows-8-safe-mode/ ) and try from there.
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Eventually found the culprit by disabling all services and then re-enabling them until it fell over. Turns out it was McAfee Content Filter causing all the grief. Not sure how that was still hiding there after I thought I'd uninstalled the software - maybe I made a mistake.
Anyway, thanks for your suggestions.
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I fixed it offline.
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