Posted 08 March 2010 - 10:59 AM
Hello all. I have myself a rather vexing issue going on with my operating system (XP x64 Edition SP2) that has me baffled, especially since it has survived an almost foolproof barrage of fixes.
Basically, I noticed very recently that one of my programs that requires an internet connection (P2P Program) is unable to connect to the internet, despite having worked fine for almost 2 years now. I blew it off at first, and when I went back again to try it I had the same problem. I ended up downloading another, similar program, and had that problem again. I noticed after this, that some of my games (and other applications) that require an internet connection to update and the like, also are now unable to connect to the internet to perform their functions. Even one of my malware scanners, which requires that it is up to date before being able to run, could not update itself (I manually updated it).
Not sure if this is relevant, but my clock was reset by itself to July 1st 2005, and after I manually reset it, it didn't change itself back (yet).
So in a nutshell, I did some research and found one other guy with a similar problem to my own, which he identified as a worm in his WINDOWS registry. He didn't specify how he removed it.
I've since run my anti-virus software (BitDefender), CCleaner, Ad-aware, Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D, HijackThis, and SUPERAntiSpyware and I've had no luck. Malwarebytes discovered some potentially false positives ignored by Ad-aware and my anti-virus, which I deleted anyway because they were not important files SUPERAntiSpyware did the same thing. A restart later and the problem persisted. HijackThis discovered a few minor things that does not appear to have fixed the issue.
I also recently noticed that Google Chrome (my secondary browser) no longer connects to any sites.
If anyone has another potential fix, I'd really appreciate it. This issue has me close to pulling out some hairs--I mean, it's not something that appears to be crippling my computer (everything else functions as it should), but being unable to update some of my games and applications is a huge issue. Being unable to play some of them is even worse (as an update is necessary before I can even sign in, etc).
Today is the start of the first week before spring break, so I'm being hammered with assignments to do and all of that fun stuff, so having to deal with this isn't helping. Any help would make my day. Thanks, guys.