Wow, today I had problems. :-(
But then I thought I solved the problems! :-)
But now, four hours later, the problems have returned. :-(
OK, about 10 hours ago, I started losing bits & pieces of my Internet connection. It started with a certain financial website that I access everyday. In the past, the only times I have had problems with the site is for one of two reasons: on my end (virus), or on their end (their site needs fixing). Here's that site: http://www.otcbb.com/asp/quote_module.asp?qm_page=1453&symbol=CMGR
Then, a little later on, I started to have trouble with a couple of silly Facebook online games (Stormfall, Pirates, etc.). The interactivity lessened and then the sites told me I had to refresh (or empty the browser cache). And so I did ......and nothing happened. I lost all access.
Then I downloaded and ran Avast! I also ran Malwarebytes. The later found zero, while the former apparently found 4 threats. However, upon dispatching the threats, the problem persisted.
Then comes the nightmare scenario....
I ended up calling my service provider: AT&T U-verse. WHAT .....A ........JOKE!!!!! After I explained to the guy my problem, he tried to tell me that what was wrong with my Internet connection was not covered under the contract with AT&T. Meaning, he could fix it from his end, but it would cost a whole new contract of $15 a month! I'm sorry, but that's just extortion and it's wrong. I told the guy that if AT&T cannot provide Internet to this line, that it was AT&T who owed us money and not the other way around. Then I hung up.
Long story short, the AT&T guy tried saying the problem was one of "configuration".
Anyway, I was determined to solve this alleged "configuration" problem on my own.
I did something I've never done before. I enacted a "system restore" thingy back to April 18th (I wanted to be very sure). I normally would have used "Combofix", but it's not yet available for Windows 8.
After a couple of botched tries (apparently, I had to first switch off Avast! before the system restore could happen), it went through. And do you know what? The problem went away!
That is, the problem went away .......for four hours!
The problem is back. What do I do?
My browser is "CoolNovo". I've been using it for 3 months, ever since I realized that Windows 8 and Firefox don't get along.
Windows 8 is what I'm using.
It's a Gateway computer, only 3 months old.