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this has been a strange problem with my pc
last week when i turned on my pc, i noticed the desktop is takingalot longer to load than usual, i waited for 5 mins before my desktop is fully booted, the internet connection has slao stopped completely, windows cannot connect to the net at all, even though everything was working fine the last time i had my pc on.
i then checked NORTON antivirus and it reports to me that it is damaged and needs to be reinstalled, i thought maybe a virus has already been damaging my system, so i format my hardrive and reinstall windows, yes i format my hardrive, everything is gone, i reinstall windows and everything was clean.
afterwards, when windows has finished installing, i install norton firewall and antivirus, i then connected to internet and updated everything then restart, after that i continue using my pc like i always do, however....
When i turned on my pc again yesterday, i realized the problem has returned, my desktop is taking 5 mins to boot, windows fail to connect online, i didn't know what i did wrong, i didn't put in any disc with virus or download illegally, i had adaware installed, i don't understand!
in anger i again, format my entire hardrive, FOR THE THIRD TIME, and reinstall everything from the start, i install norton again, and connect to the net, i then starts a online game and leave it unattended for about half a day, when i returned to check on it i noticed the internet has stopped for no reason, i restart my pc, and...well, you know the same problem returns yet again for the third time.
just now i finished formatting my hardrive and reinstall windows, i didn't connect to the internet, and guess what?
everything is fine.
yes, i restart countless times, my desktop didn't boot slowly, there's nothing wrong with my system at all!!! so why am i having that strange problem whenever i connect to the net? dispite the fact that i have full protection from av and fw and adaware?
i'm using windows XP with sp2, my PHONE COMPANY gave me a VOIP modem that provide both phone connection and internet connection via voip connection, i already phone their customer service asking for help but they all said it's my pc's fault and not theirs.
i know for certain it's not my firewall blocking my internet connection and causing problems, i have fully up to date norton antivirus protection, i also know it's not my lan card's fault as i have an new asus motherboard with lan built-in, and i was able to connected to the internet everytime i format my hd and reinstall windows, my SATA hitachi drive is brand new and working fine.
like i said, the moment i connect to the net, and restart my pc a couple of times the desktop would boot slowly and my internet connection would fail, i didn't do anything that could cause all of this, so damn it, what's causing this!?
right now i didn't connect to the internet, and my system is completely fine after alot of restarts, my system is working perfectly without internet, so i know, that the problem must come from my isp, could it be that there's a virus on THEIR MASTER SEVER, whenever paided customers like me connect online to my isp, the virus on their master sever barges to my pc destorying it?
please help, please i beg all of you please help, i don't know what to do, please help me.