I found this site through searching for this actual error, but that topic never led me to anything that could help. Anyway, here's the scenario:
My computer was working pretty well, but then we had a power outage last night. Before it shut down it wasn't going slower than usual. I turned it on before school this morning to load up my normal messengers and other programs. It was going HORRENDOUSLY slow. So, I exited out of the unneeded programs (AIM, XFire, Y!IM, Steam, ESEA Client, etc.). I ran Ad-Aware Free (updating it before it ran) and deleted the normal tracking cookies it found (the supposedly harmless ones). I then opened up Spybot: Search and Destroy to update it and then run it, but I couldn't search for updates. It mentioned a "socket" error. This was my first real sign of worry. =X I found that weird, so I just ran a Spybot search anyway, immunized bad products and cleaned up the spyware it found (Nothing significant, just normal ad spyware). AVG was open in my taskbar, but I didn't have time to run it and see the results, since I had to come to school. I opened up a program that I use, Ventrilo (similar to Skype, TeamSpeak, etc.), because I usually idle our AFK channel if I'm not actually on. I received an error when I tried to open Ventrilo (using a shortcut in my Start menu) that said, "WSAStartup Failed." I hit the "OK" button and tried to get on Mozilla Firefox to search for what the problem could be. Firefox just gave me, "Cannot connect to server." errors for any site I tried to go to. I started to get more than a bit worried here. I opened up Internet Explorer to try to get help, but just like Firefox, IE said that it could not connect to any pages, because I wasn't connected to the internet.
The only reason I know that it's not an issue with the actual internet is because I could log into these programs: Windows Live Messenger, AIM, XFire, Y!IM, Steam (Used for games like Counter-Strike, Half-Life, etc.), and ESEA Client (A 3rd-party program for Counter-Strike), and World of Warcraft without error. (WoW being okay as far as last night, I don't know if it still is, since the restart.)
Anyway, back to the story. After IE, Firefox, Ventrilo, and Spybot's updater all failed to work, I was worried. I tried to restart my computer (the shutting down process took longer than usual) and when the login screen came up and I entered my password, it took very long to load my wallpaper. I waited maybe a minute for the actual desktop to load, but it never did. (I was in a hurry, since school was starting in about 20 minutes) I tried to hit ctrl+alt+delete to see if I had an error on my desktop, (I had a problem around a year ago where my desktop wouldn't load, but the task manager would come up, but that was long fixed and there's been a reformat between then and now) but the task manager never came up.
I've also been using torrents lately, if that would affect it at all. (I know the virus/trojan risk associated with Bitlord and other torrent programs)
I'm going to try to run AVG tonight if I can load my desktop, but don't know where I'm going to go after that.
Windows XP Home SP2
1GB RAM (2x512MB)
DFI LAN Party NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard
250GB Hard Drive (Currently 140GB free)
AMD 3000+ Processor (1.8 GHz)
Thank you for reading this and hopefully helping.
EDIT: I'll double check Ventrilo's error message tonight and also add the exact error I receive from Spybot. I believe that the Ventrilo error I received is exactly what it says, though.
EDIT #2: I also found in might be relevant to post that I connect to the internet through a Linksys WRT54G router, although no changes have been made to the router since over a week ago.
Edited by eskEMO, 11 December 2006 - 12:05 PM.