If not, open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools>Internet Options>Connections Tab. Click on the "LAN Settings" button. If there is a check in the box "Use a proxy server for your LAN", uncheck it. Click "OK". Then "OK", again.
You stated you "switched from manual proxy". When you went to FF's network settings, how was Manual proxy configured? Had the "HTTP proxy" and "No Proxy for" been changed to something other than 127.0.0.1? What happens when you tick "No proxy"?
Additionally, you stated you were able to bring back "most" of your icons. If there are still some left "hidden", scroll down to Step #17 in the below guide.
Remove Windows Repair (Uninstall Guide)
If it doesn't work, read this thread and see if it applies. If so, try this version Grinler recently developed.
In regard to not being able to find a search feature. Look at the very top of the page.
Hi, I looked for a search feature but could not find one so I apologize if this is a repeat thread. I was just infected with the Windows Repair 7 virus, its a nasty, nasty little bug. I managed to get rid of it and was aware of some of the after effects of the virus.
For those who don't know this happy fella installs itself on your computer, insists you pay it money to repair a heap of hard drive errors etc all the while hiding everything on your computer.
I managed to bring back most of my icons and programs but I am having one huge problem:
Since the virus attacked most programs that automatically connect to the internet wont any more. The first thing I noticed was when I went into Firefox instead of loading a web-page it would say "The proxy server is refusing connections." So I was like "Ok, this must had been changed by the virus" so I switched Firefox from manual proxy to "auto-detect proxy" and that fixed the browser.
The problem now is that other programs can't connect to the internet. World of Warcraft's launch utility wont connect (however if I run the game directly it will), neither will my Curse client for wow's addons. Windows update can't connect. I can't get online with internet explorer either. However, Steam seems to connect, so will google talk.
I admittedly am over my head with this one, and really would appreciate some help.
At the moment I am running Avast anti-virus (was running this when I got infected) and now I have ad-aware and Malwarebytes (trial). As an experiment I disabled everything including my firewall and tried to run windows update, and it still could not connect so I am pretty sure I can rule out my anti-virus and mal-ware apps as well as my firewall as being the reason for my problem. But any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated.