I'm a dialup user. Yes. Dialup isn't dead yet... who knew?
My problems started when Zone Alarm Free started taking alot of CPU for no apparent reason and it was getting in the way with other programs. I decided to disable it while offline, but more than often did I forget to turn it back on before connecting to the internet.
As I feared and later discovered, svchost.exe somehow changed it's normal behaviour and started consuming 100% CPU after several insecure online sessions, and always when I was attempting to establish a connection with my ISP. I had several computers display that pattern before, and my usual temporary fix was to manually terminate it from the Task Manager.
Somehow, I decided having to terminate that process every time I turned on my computer was too annoying, and so I decided to do a small google search online to figure out a solution. And so, this little link popped up:
I followed the instructions EXACTLY as they guy there described them... however, I encountered a problem in the second to last step:
When Windows Update Agent finishes installing, Click Start > Run, choose the Browse button and find the WindowsXP-KB927891.exe file you saved before, press Open, then OK. Follow the prompts as it installs.
I encountered an error saying that since my OS was in a different language (mine is in spanish), the instalation could not procede.
I immediately quit afterwords, believing that I could simply forget about it as I was conscious enough that I didn't change anything at all in Windows.
... but soon I found out I was terribly wrong.
After performing these supposed "fixes" (which ironically, did not work), I found out that I was incapable of establishing a connection through dialup. After my modem dials and apparently establishes connection, my username and password are being verified by the server... and I get error 691, telling me my username and password are somehow incorrect.
I already tried inputing them again (despite I've had them forever saved in my PC for easy connection), but still nothing. And I did nothing that I'm aware of prior and after the fix attempt that might have caused this problem. I encountered this problem precisely after running the files included in that guide.
I'm kinda pissed off right now because I usually don't fall for the first post I see... but I'm more annoyed to the fact that the guide posted in the link I provided above had absolutely no warnings and covered no other scenarios other than the one that is to be expected, disregarding any issues that may arise like mine. But I digress...
I have Windows XP Professional Edition SP3 installed on my PC. My Windows is a modified version known to some on the web as Windows uE7 (Unattended Edition). Lemme know what you think. If I'm missing any vital information, let me know and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. I just hope that I don't end up having to do a fresh Windows install because I just did one not long ago, and it's annoying as hell just temporarily transfering my files elsewhere.
Thank you in advance. Sincerely,
Magil of the Shadows
Edited by Orange Blossom, 28 February 2010 - 08:25 PM.
Deactivate link. ~ OB