Somehow, Windows no longer detects my Internet connection and I have no idea why (and I'm a tech).
(I checked the following link here, but it didn't resolve my situation.)
To make matters worse, I restored my PC from a backup made TWO MONTHS AGO and I still can't get online!
Hardware is fine. I'm using it now (dual boot PC with Ubuntu Linux), and another computer connects to the Internet via WiFi with no problem. I've tried three different browsers (Firefox, IE, Chrome), my email app & FTP software. Nothing connects. Nor does any software capable of online updates.
This computer is connected to the router using an Ethernet cable, but I've tried bypassing the router and connecting my DSL modem directly, but it made no difference. The problem has all the hallmarks of damage following the removal of some malicious AdWare/Spyware, only that I didn't remove anything recently.
I've run the Network Trouble Shooter multiple times, but it only reports it can't fix the problem. I've done a full AV scan (using Avast) but it reports everything is fine as does the System File Checker ("SFC").
I can't connect using "Safe Mode with Networking" either. Logging into the router, I can ping "www.microsoft.com" with no trouble, but "ping www.microsoft.com" from the command prompt totally fails.
Out of curiosity, I tried plugging a WiFi adapter into my PC and it (the adapter) sees my connection with 4-out-of-4 bars solid green, yet I still can't connect.
I'm stumped. Anyone? Please help!