I was asked to look at this XP Pro system after it had locked up and the user had to hold the power button to unlock it. After it rebooted there was no networking, it was like the LAN on the motherboard had failed, so I put in a second LAN card and it did not work either.
At this point I ran the following:
Tried to run Combofix but it would not run, just gets stuck in store/restore section.
FYI. helpctr.exe will not run either. Tried the SP2 trick of turning off DEP for helpctr.exe no change.
Winsockxpfix.. still not networking, it would connect but no go.
Went out to services and turned on updates process.
Went out to msconfig and disabled all the startups
The LAN worked at first, I was able to do all the current MS updates… but now it is redirecting when you try to use it. And update is even failing.
Ran GMER & DDS, included logs.
Time for someone better than me to look at the logs…