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New Applications Can't Access Internet

by msummers10 / December 3, 2007 11:22 AM PST

Sony VAIO VGN-AR370
Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 2.33GHz
2GB RAM
Windows Vista Home Premium

Certain applications can access the internet, while others can't. I can still browse the web just fine. Every new installation/reinstallation/update I do ends with that application not being able to access the internet. AIM still works, but it probably won't if I update it. Rhapsody worked before I was forced to upgrade. Now it won't connect. If I install an updated version of Firefox(2.0.0.10 or 2.0.0.11), it won't connect. What's weird is that reinstalling 2.0.0.9 fixes it. Steam won't connect. Neither Windows Sidebar nor Yahoo! Widgets will connect. Ad-Aware won't work, but strangely I don't remember even opening it in over a month, so I doubt it was updated. VONGO still works, but I have a feeling that if I was to reinstall it, it would also cease to work.

Let's go ahead and get this out of the way. This isn't my first day on the job.
I was connected through a router, I bypassed the router and the problem wasn't resolved. With the router connected, I forwarded all of the necessary ports, and that didn't work.
The only firewall I'm running is Windows Firewall. I've added all of the applications to the Exceptions list, with no luck. I've also completely disabled the firewall, and that doesn't work either.
When I restarted into safe mode, everything works, meaning the issue is internal and software related.
I don't know of any application that I've installed recently that would cause this. I don't know if I have some sort of virus that isn't in anti-virus databases yet, or if there's some application that's hidden itself.
I don't have a restore point from before the problem arose.
I've scanned with Windows Defender, and it found nothing.

I'm going nuts. My computer is slowly dying, piece by piece. Somebody help.
Is there some program that can try to access the internet, and then tell me what program blocks it?

Thanks,
Matt

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I would try to disable everything.
by strickjh2005 / December 3, 2007 2:20 PM PST

Remove everything from the startup folder and try to stop any and all programs from launching at boot.

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Scan With This Please
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 4, 2007 5:22 AM PST

Please click on the link below and download, update, then run a full system scan using the free antispyware program:

SUPERAntispyware Removal Tool

Because Vista is new and some of the original drivers are not quite ready for prime time, please visit the computer manufacturer's website and download, then install any updated ethernet drivers that are displayed.. In some cases, I've visited the ethernet card manufacturer's site to download and install the newest version of the driver.

It would be nice to know which antivirus program you're using.. A number of new Vista users are having connection issues with their default Norton installations.. If Norton is installed, try uninstalling it temporarily to see if it fixes the issue.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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