Posted 23 December 2009 - 10:02 AM
I run CounterSpy and McAfee on my Windows XP desktop. A couple of days ago they simultaneously caught a virus trying to edit my registry. I clicked "Block" on both of these warnings. But I lost wireless communication almost immediately there after. I cannot connect with either IE7 or Firefox, whether wireless or wired. Other computers in my house are unaffected. It is important to note that both CounterSpy and McAfee scans run error free (run in Safe Mode).
I have done all the usual things (reinstalled wireless software, reconnected via Windows Network Places, etc.) but nothing has helped. I tried a system restore from several weeks ago and it appeared successful, but did not fix the problem. I also ran System File Checker successfully. But I can ping the router just fine.
There is one big clue, though. When I try to log into the router by entering 192.168.1.1 in a IE7 address bar, it fails and shows extra characters inserted on the front of that address. It appears something like this - HTTP:///2*20192.168.1.1
I believe that those extra characters are interfering with my internet addresses and that's why I cannot find any web sites.
Does anyone have any ideas about why this is happening and how I can fix it?