I have a laptop running 32 bit Vista. At one point in time, both Chrome and Firefox couldn't access the internet but Internet Explorer could. I've run the following tools numerous times in order to repair and remove a bunch of malware:
Eset Online scanner
I then had to use the following command to restore access to the browsers:
netsh winsock reset
During this time it also was running Norton Internet Security. I've gotten to the point over the last few days of all these tools detecting nothing consistently. The only problem I'm consistently getting is the latest Java 8 update 31 freezing during installation consistently. Because of this, it never appears in the control panel to remove and the Java removal tool won't remove it because they say it was successfully installed and the latest version.
Everything else appears up-to-date including Windows, Chrome, Firefox, Flash & Adobe reader.
Am I worrying for nothing? When I Googled Java not installing fully, I couldn't find any course of action that made any sense to me.
Many thanks for your time!