1. Please start the computer in Safe Mode with Network and check the result. If the issue disappears, please perform a clean boot.
For the detailed steps, please refer to the step 1 and 2 in the KB article 936214 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936214).
2. If the issue persists, please check the system file by using the command sfc /scannow
Run a command prompt as administrator
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt (Right-Click and Run as Administrator)
At the command Prompt type : netsh winsock reset
If there are still problems, run this recommended repair batch file (as given) since it seemed the best non-M/soft fix I found.
•Please copy and paste the following text in the Code box exactly as written into notepad (not wordpad or any other text editor):
net stop wuauserv
ren Download Download.old
net start wuauserv
net stop bits
net start bits
net stop cryptsvc
ren catroot2 catroot2old
net start cryptsvc
•Once you've done that click on File and select Save As...
•In the Save dialogue box click on the drop down menu next to Save as type and select All Files
•Name the file UPDATE Fix.bat
extension is very important)
•Save the file to your desktop and double click it to run it on XP. For Vista / Win7 right click on it and choose Run As Admin
A black box with writing in it will show for a few seconds, and then go. You can then delete the desktop item if you wish.
Please click on this M/soft Fixit Reset the Hosts file back to the default in Windows and hit Run and follow any directions -
I am not exactly sure if the same procedure is used for SSD Hard Drives but > Try a disk check
Programs > Accessories > Right click on Command Prompt (select Run as Admin) > Type chkdsk /r and agree to schedule a check > Reboot -
Let the Disk Check run the full 5 stages (will take over 1 hour), do not stop it or turn off the computer during the check -
Also check in Device Manager for any ( ! or ? ) marks showing
That should be a start, as I do not think it is infection related, more like hardware or settings -