All programs internet-related do not work

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 20, 2009 at 16:19:57
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I have a curious problem where practically anything network related does not function.

A list of symptoms include:
Firefox does not run (process appears in task manager, but nothing happens)
Network connections and Network setup wizard will not run from control panel (other settings can be opened)
CHKDSK /f fixed a few things when run, but problem persists

Computer hangs during shutdown at "Saving your settings".

However, everything appears to work fine in safe mode.

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December 20, 2009 at 16:21:24
I think this problem first appeared when I changed my workgroup name. Nothing else significant was changed when this started.

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December 21, 2009 at 09:41:39
Have you tried a System Restore?


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December 21, 2009 at 14:36:26
After waiting for 10 minutes I managed to get IE running. It seems a particular process was choking the computer.

Windows update seemed to fix it for now. I'll respond if anything else happens.

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