Win XP network Sockets disabled by virus/malware

December 17, 2011 at 07:38:04
Specs: XP SP3, Athalon
Several Trojans, rouges and others attacked. Running up to date MS Security essentials.

Cleaned them off with Malwarebytes (brought in with thumb drive)

Now cannot connect to the internet. Wireless adapter connects okay. I have to manually go into the wireless connections advanced settings and check the "let windows connect automatically" and check the box allowing WEP 128 password which is already filled in. Then wireless connections connects to my network but it still does not work claiming its searching for an IP address.

What am I missing?

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December 17, 2011 at 08:10:32
Try a winsock fix, may solve the problem, and it won't hurt anything if that's not the issue.

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December 17, 2011 at 08:13:47
Also you can check to make sure there are no proxy settings in your browser or that the network adapter has not had a static IP put in, or the dns settings changed. Internet options, connections tab, LAN settings.....should be nothing checked off.

Right click on the network adapter, properties, then under tcp/ip both should be set to "obtain ip address automatically", in most cases.

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December 17, 2011 at 10:23:11
Thanks Hopper

No joy - whatever this thing is it is insidious. It seems to reset everything on reboot.

Without network connectivity it is trouble to get the latest virus definitions onto the machine. Especially for Malwarebytes. I reinstalled Windows Explorer 8 off the thumb drive and it brought some current malware definitions with it. Still no good.

But its only a machine it has no choice but to eventually cooperate..

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December 17, 2011 at 14:32:18
Kaspersky has a decent rootkit scan free to use....if you can download the latest one.......rkill is the first program I would run to see if that gives you any headway. Then maybe the karpersky rootkit scan, finally disable your anti virus and run a program called combofix. Never had an issue with combofix, but it is a powerful program and some have had issues...make sure a/v is off. Also I would try working from Safe Mode with Networking as that may help and run the scans etc. tap F8 a few times on startup to get to safemode menu.

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