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No internet, antivirus frozen

I can't get online with my main machine. Firefox just hangs, "Loading..." rather than returning an error and IE is "Connecting" - says "website found, waiting for reply". I ran CCleaner, Adaware, and now Avast. Avast has been "Testing operating memory and startup items..." for 2 hours. What's going on?
I'm trying to run Avast 4.8 Home on a Vista machine.
I'm online now with another XP machine on the same network .

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Tried Running Avast In Safe Mode?

In reply to: No internet, antivirus frozen

IN addition, since Avast 4.8 now includes an antispyware component, you probably should disable any other "realtime" antispyware programs.. I believe Windows Defender is also running realtime and you may want to disable it when Avast is installed.

You might even try to uninstall Avast temporarily...

Tried temporarily disabling your firewall?

And finally, is the machine infected? Such could be causing all of your issues.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Ran Avast in safe mode, windows face change

In reply to: Tried Running Avast In Safe Mode?

Thanks.
I ran Avast in Safe Mode which took 2 hours and 1 minute. 0 infections. When I rebooted Vista, side bar with gadets was transparent, taskbar was black. Now they're light gray. How'd this happen? Anyway, somehow I'm online again. Would like some clues as to what was going on.

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