Posted 30 April 2010 - 09:11 PM
I have what appears to be a hidden firewall blocking downloads and updates. In the past I have had Norton 360, which was horribly slow, so I removed it and installed ATT's version of McAfee. When McAfee began having issues (not updating) I uninstalled the program and tried to reinstall it. That's when I discovered that I couldn't download programs. I can download the small installer program's, but when those run, I get messages telling me that it can't establish a connection to the internet, even though I am online using either IE or Firefox.
I have the same issue trying to install AVG, the installer downloads but when it goes to retrieve the main program nothing hapens until I get the "can't connect" message (I could download an .exe version and install it ok, but can't update it). I tried to update SpySweeper and a couple of other programs, with the same result and same message every time, can't make a connection to the internet.
I have placed exceptions in Windows Firewall, no help. I have shut Windows Firewall off, no help. I have used both the Symantic and McAfee removal tools, no help. I have gone into the registry and removed Symantec, Norton and McAfee entries, no help. I have no proxy's selected in Internet Options for both IE and Firefox, and I have tried to run these installers and update programs in Safe Mode with Networking, again with no success.
Obviously I am missing something. Can anyone help?