|Good evening, computer users.|
I apologize if this is in the wrong place, but I have a problem I've been trying to deal with for two days now and it's driving me insane.
Recently I was attacked by a bunch of malware and other nasty looking programs. This has happened a few times before, so I didn't really think much of it. I scanned with Spybot - Search and Destroy and then used ComboFix to remove any infected files. There were still some problems after this, so I installed Ad-Aware and removed any remaining files that showed up. After everything was removed, I was faced with another problem. I couldn't turn the firewall back on or even open it, though after extensive googling I've got the firewall working again.
My problem now is connecting to the internet. I used to connect to the internet using a modem and an ethernet cabel, but now the "connecting" image appears in the corner constantly. I have tried right-clicking and clicking repair, but it gives me a message about not being able to renew my IP address. Clicking the status option just shows shows "acquiring network address" and the IP address is 0.0.0.0.
Another problem is that immediately after I log on, the screen hangs for about 2-3 minutes before everything eventually starts up. I've heard this is because of problems with the DHCP, but I have no understanding of what that really is or what the problem is.
I've looked for DHCP in the Services tool and it appears to be stuck in the "Starting" position. The start or stop buttons are not available and I have it set to automatically start, but it never actually starts.
I've tried using things like Winsockfix.exe and trying to renew the IP address through CMD but nothing seems to work at all. I have no idea what to do from here and have tried just about everything that google suggests. I've done a repair installation of Windows numerous times but still no luck.
I've tried plugging the ethernet cabel into my laptop and the connection works fine, so I don't think it's a problem with the modem.
Also, on a possibly unrelated note, I get an error message about not being able to load "dskclnwiz.dll" on startup.
If you have any suggestions at all I would be grateful. Thank you.