dns-ish problem?

June 13, 2009 at 14:31:50
Specs: Windows XP
Hey all, have a weird issue here.

Cause: really is unknown but happened after a firefox upgrade install. However I think it's a coincident as I needed to restart after. My guess is that something caused the problem and was waiting for a restart to show up.
Proposed cause: I was looking for a bandwidth monitor/ Limiter like netlimiter or DU-super controller. Seem my chipset won't work with them so I started searching and trying. I didn't have issues after I reboot and tried the last one, but it's the biggest suspect.
Problem. At first I could not get on the net, but I could get to my home network. So I did most of the basic, reinstalling winsock (netsh) reinstated the nic, and chipset drivers, Ran spy checks and basic cache clean up. So after giving up with no solution I did an in place upgrade. I installed xp over its self with the upgrade option, I find that generally fixes OS troubles. After that failed I had a thought that I used back in the call center days, Installed a fire wall.. I know sounds weird but it seem to tickle the stack and make things work. Well it did, almost.. I can now get on things like aim, and other chat clients. So I figure now it's a dns issue right? Well no. I can't ping any known IP's, yet I can chat online, use vnc, and do update wizards like definitions for spyware. So started to run things like winsock fix and DNS repair tools. But I'm not having any luck. NOTE: removing the fire wall puts me back to the worse condition. Not sure why..
I'm not using a router or any other hops. Any thoughts, short of a complete reinstall. THX!


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#1
June 13, 2009 at 15:00:00
Ever hear of port trojans? No router, no firewall, just on the internet you can be infected within 15 minutes of being online.

It could also be that one of the downloads had a little extra in its payload depending on where you got them from.

When you can't get on the net the first thing you want to do is see where in the chain its broken.

ipconfig /all - do you have all your ip settings like gateway?
ping - can you ping your ip, gateway ip, isp dns ip? google.com? [also tests name resolution]

Partial access is usually related to a firewall but all the fixes it could be anything from mismatched dll's to wrong order of bindings.

I think you would be better off wiping and doing a new install. Don't be connected to the internet until you can load/update a software firewall.


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#2
June 13, 2009 at 16:27:33
"Ever hear of port trojans? No router, no firewall, just on the internet you can be infected within 15 minutes of being online."

The router is out of the equation to make this simpler, normally I use one.

I can connect to my firewall that other systems are on and ping the IP just fine. I can also connect to my linux gateway and ping that box as well. But in either case I can not get pages.

I'm 100% sure the chain is broke on this system

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>tracert google.com

Tracing route to google.com [74.125.45.100]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 * * * Request timed out.
2 *

"I think you would be better off wiping and doing a new install. Don't be connected to the internet until you can load/update a software firewall." Agreed it would, but not ready to through in the towel yet.


Thought I'd add this. its a browser called internet explorer 8.0. It tried to do some diag.


Last diagnostic run time: 06/14/09 23:08:10 WinSock Diagnostic
WinSock status

info Error attmpting to validate the Winsock base providers: 2
error Not all base service provider entries could be found in the winsock catalog. A reset is needed.
info Redirecting user to support call


Network Adapter Diagnostic
Network location detection

info Using home Internet connection
Network adapter identification

info Network connection: Name=1394 Connection, Device=1394 Net Adapter, MediaType=LAN, SubMediaType=1394
info Network connection: Name=internet, Device=NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller #2, MediaType=LAN, SubMediaType=LAN
info Ethernet connection selected
Network adapter status

info Network connection status: Connected


HTTP, HTTPS, FTP Diagnostic
HTTP, HTTPS, FTP connectivity

warn HTTP: Error 12007 connecting to www.microsoft.com: The server name or address could not be resolved
warn HTTPS: Error 12007 connecting to www.microsoft.com: The server name or address could not be resolved
warn FTP (Passive): Error 12007 connecting to ftp.microsoft.com: The server name or address could not be resolved
warn HTTP: Error 12007 connecting to www.hotmail.com: The server name or address could not be resolved
warn HTTPS: Error 12007 connecting to www.passport.net: The server name or address could not be resolved
warn FTP (Active): Error 12007 connecting to ftp.microsoft.com: The server name or address could not be resolved
error Could not make an HTTP connection.
error Could not make an HTTPS connection.
error Could not make an FTP connection.

I did try the renaming catroot2 trick, no avail.


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#3
June 18, 2009 at 06:04:15
Well I started to wonder, what if I go back and reinstall all those limiter apps, and removed them.

that did it. net peeker was the guilty party. No uninstall in the start menu or folder, had to use add/remove to do it.


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