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I'm having some problems with my desktop PC that maybe someone over here can help me with.
Sometimes when surfing my internet explorer looses his internet connection. I get the "page cannot be displayed" screen. It doesn't matter on what site I am, it happens randomly. The strange thing about it is that I still have an internet connection. Active downloads keep on going and also my gadgets in the sidebar depending on the internet keep on updating. Also my mail keeps on going. Only the browser doesn't work anymore. I thought maybe Internet Explorer was causing it so I installed Firefox but the problem remains there. Disabeling firewalls, virusscanner, netlimiter,.. doesn't solve the problem. Repairing the network connection doesn't work. Only rebooting the PC seems to solve the problem at this time.
Is there anyone who has an idea what this problem may be? I'm drawing a blank here.
is QoS enabled?
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Check the network cable, possibly bad. Is the netcard blinking very fast all the time, even when not surfing? could be an ad bot, virus, ect...You didn't state what type of connection, dial up, dsl, cable?
@Jebus: I don't think it's the network cable. Traffic seems normal. No blinking and stuff when I'm not using the the PC. Also I don't loose internet completely. Only my webbrowser doesn't work anymore. All the other stuff (mail, downloads, gadgets,..) keep on functioning. I use a cable connection.
@PaulF: I don't know...? What's QoS? Where do I find it?
Put XP on it.
Get rid of Vista.
Most of your problems will go away.... IE7 is horrible....
If it is just the browser going bad I would vote for definately spyware/trojan of some sort.
See that there are no wacky processes running that shouldnt be.
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Any way to check with a different computer to see if it happens there too? Do you have a router in your setup?
If it's not the router/you dont have a router, then I'm leaning towards spyware or something as well. Try running a full check, see if anything comes up.
I have a 5 port switch in my setup. The other PC on it doesn't seem to have these problems however. There is also a Digital TV setop-box connected to it.
So you guys think it's probably spyware of some sort? Do any of you know a decent spyware removal tool? I'm running Spyware Terminator now. It does regular scans but it doesn't really find much during these scans. So there are two possibilities: Or I have a very clean PC, or the program s*cks...