I ask an expert:
I have been given a computer with some problems to fix. It is a (lemme look real quick, it is a friend's computer):
Dell Inspiron 1521
Windows Vista Home Premium (SP2)
AMD Turion 64 x2 TL-50
When I was given this to work on, first thing I had a problem with was constant window pop ups at start up (Bad Image) and no ability to get any type of internet service. It was connected, it had a status of "connected" with a speed around 400 Mbps, but when I attempted to open a page, it would say that it could not display the page. Also, it wouldn't do updates. Through some other arbitrary forum of some sort someone had said to do, if I remember this correctly, SFC /SCANNOW
which did something, not sure what (fixed a disk error or two), but I was able to do updates. At this point, all Windows updates are done, I was able to update and run Malwarebytes Malware on the computer (which showed no problems), then via a thumb drive, put Avast on the computer, get the update and run the full sys scan. This showed 28 infected files...all MP3s. They are locked in the chest.
The problem I am still having is getting to the internet with an actual web page to show. What I am saying is, if I open IE7 (or 8), it won't even display the homepage, the screen is just blank. For funnies, and before I finished the last sentence, I again used my thumb drive, downloaded Firefox 3.6.3, as a test....viola! I have internet connection, but I want them (the people who that own the computer) to have use of their IE7. Don't want to open people up to something new; it may change the whole space-time continuum. Anywho, that is my problem...the blank screen in Internet Explorer.
BTW, the reason I don't know which version of IE they have (as it could be IE8) is because all the options in most of the drop down menus are greyed out. This confuses me also.