XP Acting funky and won't connect to net.

January 8, 2010 at 18:18:36
Specs: N/A, 768
I'm running Windows XP with Comodo Internet Security as my primary protection against evildoers. A couple of days ago I noticed Comodo wasn't updating. When I would click on update, it would tell em that there was no connection to the internet. Of course I would be surfing the web as this was happening. It was an older version, so I figured that I could possibly solve the problem by downloading the newest version they had. So I did. I started it's installer and it of coursed detected the old version on my computer and it asked me I wanted to uninstall it. I did. And then I finished installing it, and restarted my computer.

When it came back on, I got an error message telling me that one of the .dlls had an error in it. So I tried to double click on the Comodo icon and I got the nothing but an error about it's .dll. So I figured it must have been a fickle install, so I tried to reinstall it, in order to fix any errors. I clicked the installer and it picked up that I had a copy(albeit non-working) on my computer. When I told the installer that, yes I would like to uninstall the old copy......nothing happened. I clicked Yes and the box disappeared and I was left staring at my wallpaper. So I went to the Add/Remove programs and clicked on Comodo and clicked uninstall. It removed it from the list, but it was still present on my computer.

Finding that this was becoming a little too funky, I decided to click on Firefox and come to the almight computing.net. But firefox didn't open. I started looking around in my processes and firefox.exe was there, but nothing was happening. Until about 5 minutes or so later when it popped up. And to make matters worse, it couldn't connect to the internet.

I started looking at other programs and none of them could connect, despite my network connection being in working order. I tried doing a system restore to several dates, but when the computer rebooted, it told me that no-changes were made because my system could not be rolled back.

So I Live Booted Ubuntu 6.10, and hey, what do you know, the internet works. Now I'm telling you the tale in hopes that some one has some idea of how I can get things straight.

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January 8, 2010 at 23:25:33
jaeDMC, nothing more than a shot in the dark, but sounds to me like a nasty at work. I suspect a worm/trojan.
Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed Dunno about Windows 7..
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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