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Killed Malware, but Internet access now slower than ever


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#1 MartinBeck

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 02:28 PM

A Bleeping Computers associated did a masterful job in helping me clean up an especially nasty rootkit/Antivirus Pro infection but now my internet access (using either FFox 3.5.3 or IE 7) is horribly slow.

I have gone through a whole host of possible solutions, including but not limited to, the advice in these posts:

--Help! My computer is slow!.

--Slow Computer Checklist


The system seems free of malware, judging from Ad-Aware, Malwarebytes and Spyware Blaster scans.

PC Pitstop IDs a few issues but not seem obviously egregious.

My hard drive doesn't need defragging.

I'm running AVG Free 8.5 antivirus

It's a pretty old and not especially fast or powerful system -- Pentium 4, 1.7 GHz, 786 MB memory -- but until now it has served as a perfectly decent web surfer.

What I'd really like to do is start fresh and reinstall XP, however, I bought this computer used and stupidly didn't get disks for XP Pro or the Office XP suite that is installed.

Is there a way that I can salvage this box? Or is it time to move on?

Edited by MartinBeck, 26 September 2009 - 02:29 PM.


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#2 Budapest

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 05:27 PM

Log on as an administrator, go Start > Run and type: "cmd". In the window that appears type: "netsh winsock reset". When the program is finished, you will receive the message: "Successfully reset the Winsock Catalog. You must restart the machine in order to complete the reset." Close the command box and reboot your computer.

Go Start > Run > type: "cmd" In the window that appears type: "ipconfig /flushdns". Close the command box.

Go Start > Control Panel > Network Connections. Right click on your default connection, usually Local Area Connection or Dial-up Connection if you are using Dial-up, and and choose Properties. Double-click on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) item. Select the radio button that says "Obtain DNS servers automatically". Reboot. Warning: Some Internet Service Providers need specific DNS settings. You need to make sure that you know if such DNS settings are required before you make this change.
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