Posted 23 June 2008 - 04:41 PM
Thanks for the responses. First I'd be willing to bet that the driver has never been updated. The driver date is 2001. I was preparing to check on it and never got around to it. I am able to get online with said computer using an Ubuntu disc, but I don't think I will be able to update a microsoft driver with linux ... don't know.
Next ... system info is as follows: Windows xp service pack 2, 256MB of RAM, hard drive looks like about 50GB about 27 of which are free. I check for updates every 2 weeks or so, although for the last 2 weeks the updates ready for download icon has been in the tray constantly and the computer has apparently been unable to download them.
The computer uses AVG 7.5 AV usually, though I have tried Kaspersky and Avira. I constantly run adaware and spybot though adaware started freezing up and I had to uninstall and install it several times. I also used the immunization feature on spybot until i started receiving messages that windows live messenger was having trouble loading due to conflicts in the host file. I also tried superantispyware, malwarebytes, spyblaster, spywaredoctor and kaspersky online. I also used combofix as part of a preparation to blog protocol from somewhere. I also ran winsockxp as per those instructions. Additionally I tried tuneup utilities which i fear has messed things up, but who knows. I use ccleaner almost daily and the windows disc cleaner, delete the caches in internet options before updating and running ghost hunters. I defrag about once a week and have used a page defragger as well. I can't run chkdsk as it requires an xp disc.
I think part of my problem is the constant uninstalling and installing of programs, but I felt the downloads weren't clean and I was having difficulty especially with Flash player, windows live and adaware. I felt, too, having so many media players was surely creating conflict.
As it is I feel the conflict is something like DNS cache poisoning though connected to some other hidden function. Or I am completely paranoid which provides an equally reasonable explanation. It is strange that unplugging the computer could somehow corrupt the ipconfig without a little help.
Thanks again for your responses and please feel free to ask for any other info.