Hello, Im new to this site so please excuse me if I am posting in the wrong place or incorrectly. There seems to be 2 hours worth of reading to do to understand all the posting rules. But I think I'm doing things right.
Ok here's the sitch. On the 4/25/09 I was up late browsing on Facebook, Youtube, and Yahoo mail. I only looked at one thing on Youtube, (an Issabella Rossalini short clip) so there wasn't much chance to get infected from that site. Everything seemed to work ok that night but page refreshes seem to go extra slow. The next morning, i started my LT and suddenly I could not access the internet. I've tried the usual fixes, only to discover that my network connections have vanished. let me be clear on this, there is nothing in the My Network Places folder. there is nothing in the Network Connections folder. I cannot create a new wireless connection and simply solve my issue. I cannot right click on a wireless connection icon, because there are NO ICONS at all. There are no network icons in the systray either. It is as if my network connections have been completely hidden.
I have run Ipconfig from a command prompt and it says I do have an IP address on my wireless adapter, but it also lists some tunneling connections (i.e. "Teredo") which I am unfamiliar with. Now despite showing an IP address, when I open IE it just remains blank. It keeps trying to connect, but it never does.
The network connections do appear normal and I can connect while in safe mode (that's how I am posting this). But there is nothing when in normal mode.
While the network connections are my biggest problem, there are other issues that started the same day. The LT is super slow (i.e. it takes 5 minutes to open the the blank Network Connections folder) and I began getting a Windows Pop Up msg that states "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services" error. My understanding is that causes a problem with email, and I ONLY use Yahoo mail online (no email apps).
I tried installing and running Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and trying to find the virus, but it found nothing but routine Adware. Everything seems to work completely normal in Safe mode. I've tried restoring the system to older restore points, but that has not worked either. Nothing I do works.
I'm running Windows XP home edition version 2002 w/ Service pack 2 on a DELL INSPIRION I5100
Anyone have any ideas what to do? Please!!!