I have an old Windows XP machine, and over the past few months Firefox has developed a browser re-direct problem. I have not used MS Internet Explorer in years because it basically stopped working years ago. I suppose that might have been my first sign of trouble, but I never addressed it.
So, given the above, a friend suggested I download and run Combofix. Did a scan on 4/28 and now I have connectivity problems.
Anyway, I realize I did not properly disable McAfee during my first scan. The recovery console was installed.
The end result was no more internet connection. (I use a Netgear wireless router that I bought about a year or two ago). The netgear hardware is looking for a connection, but the software cannot start. "Network Connections" is empty.
So over the past few days I tried googling certain forums on this issue. In particular, I tried this solution: http://annoyances-resolved.blogspot.com/2010/07/internet-connection-down-after-combofix.html?m=1
No luck with that, so I tried something by the same title above in these forums... I successfully disabled McAfee, and ran combofix this morning, 5/2.
I can no longer connect with a flashdrive, and the CD burner won't work, and this is all new... So it's not just the internet now, and I am at a loss as to how I can move forward. I am able to print, though. So all usb devices have not been knocked out. I can also access the external hard drive on my machine.
Somehow, I was able to print the reports, and I scanned them, but am unable to attach them here... Any suggestions on this?
Can somebody help me or alternatively suggest someone with combofix expertise in New York City who can help me?