Posted 06 June 2004 - 07:05 PM
Thanks for the information Papakid. I discovered the problem was with something I had done in Norton's Internet Security. I had added a group of IP addresses which had continuously been identified as attempted hackers using the ShockRave Trojan to the list which permanently denied their access to my computer. Those addresses belonged to Comindico, a large internet company in Australia and the two sites I was trying to access must have been within that range of IP addresses. I have now 'unblocked' those addresses and resolved that problem.
With regard to SpyNuker ... Yes, it is SpywareNuker - that's the commercial name while the shorterned version is the file name. I purchased it via the net and when first installed picked up over 2000 adware and spyware files on my computer. Then the computer started running slowly and I requested my money back, which they supplied. I also informed them that I felt I had more problems after downloading than before, but got no response. However, I have now downloaded NoAdware, but it does not pick up any adware/spyware files on my computer. Norton's also identifies SpyNuker as a threat. I also have a popup blocker as well as Norton's so hopefully this means I have no more adware/spyware on my computer.
Also, the hostsfile showed absolutely no entries except for the local hostfile location.