In a nutshell, my problem is that Google Chrome will not display any web pages. After a quick flash of the attempted page, each tab goes blue and displays this error message:
IE and Firefox 4 do not have this problem, though a brand new installation Firefox tends to stop responding and requires a manual close and reopen.
I've spent several days and many hours trying to solve this issue. First, I'll give you my PC specs, then a list of what I've already attempted (about everything short of reinstalling windows). I have a combofix log if anyone would like to see it.
Hardware: Dell Inspiron 9400, Intel T2500 @ 2.00 Ghz, 2GB ram.
OS: Windows XP Professional, 2002, with Service Pack 3 and all latest windows updates.
What I've tried:
At first I thought this might be a malware issue, so I ran Ad-Aware, which I had installed on my system. Nothing. Then I ran Malwarebytes. Nothing. Then I downloaded AVG and Avast and Gmer, ran them all. Nothing.
I read through all the forums I could find, here and on Google (this issue seems several years old), and attempted all the fixes I could find. (http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95669
)To no avail. I uninstalled all my antivirus/anti-malware programs in case any of them were conflicting. I disabled all my extensions, changed my user profile, I toyed with my fonts, my language settings, I uninstalled Chrome, reinstalled it.
And the problem persisted.
I used FinalUninstaller to wipe every trace of Chrome from my system. I manually searched the Registry for traces of Chrome, deleted them. Then I went into SafeMode, uninstalled all unnecessary and old programs, used FinalUninstaller to wipe any remnants from those programs, then defragged my harddrive. Then I ran Combofix. The only thing that jumped out at me was this line: "c:\windows\System32\wscntfy.exe ... is missing !!" I believe I deleted this file long ago to get rid of annoying messages from the Windows Security Center. I can post the combofix log if anyone wants to see it.
After all this, I booted up normal, installed Chrome fresh, and tried one more time. The error persists.
The only thing that works (and this is a temporary fix that Google warns against) is adding the "--no-sandbox" command line tag to my Chrome shortcut. When I run Chrome this way, it works great. The only issue is that a little message pops up that says that Chrome will be less secure and less stable this way.
At this point, I was ready to give up on Chrome and start using FireFox 4. But it tends to hang and require a restart which is almost more frustrating than Chrome not working at all.
I'm out of ideas. Can anyone help. It would be greatly appreciated.