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Windows Vista Internet Suddenly Failed, Malware Suspected

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#1 ferretvonweasel


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Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:50 PM

This morning my fiance booted up her laptop and was unable to get internet connectivity through our home wireless network (my pc and both of our netbooks are able to connect just fine). The laptop is running Windows Vista Home Premium (x64). I suspect the problem is some form of malware/virus hijacking her connection but have met zero success working on the problem.

Steps attempted so far:
Disabled/reenabled her wireless adapter (Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card).
Updated the drivers for the wireless adapter.
Disabled the wireless adapter and attempted to connect via cat-5 directly to the router (Marvell Yukon 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller to Linksys E2000).
Ran a scan of Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware (nothing found).
Flushed the DNS cache.

After several hours of research I've come to the conclusion that the connection is most likely being hijacked but have yet to find the culprit.

Where do I go from here?

Thanks in advance.

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