The increase in performance got re-motivated to figure this thing out. I did find another problem in my Device Manager, it was another nic card that either was not completely installed or not properly removed and my new Ethernet card somehow attached itself to this device. It took me almost a whole day to figure out how to remove this device since the parent device was no longer listed in device manager. the following is how it was removed.
1. Press [Windows]+[Break] to bring up the System Properties dialog box.
2. Select the Advanced tab and click the Environment Variables button.
3. Click the New button below the System Variables panel.
4. In the New System Variable dialog box, type "devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices" in the Variable Name text box and 1 in the Variable Value text box.
5. Click OK to return to the System Properties dialog box and then click OK again.
6. Select the Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button.
7. In Device Manager, go to View | Show Hidden Devices.
8. Expand the various branches in the device tree and look for the washed out icons, which indicate unused device drivers.
9. To remove an unused device driver, right-click the icon and select Uninstall.
After I removed the corrupted driver my problems immediately seemed to disappear. FYI I am still running AVG Internet Security until I can test and evaluate an alternative. THANKS Again for the help it was and always is appreciated. Hopefully this post will help somebody else in the future.