I have posted the problem a few months back and no fix...
here is my systems (pls note I maintaining around 20 pcs - belong to a friends and families --, only a few of them have the problem (5 pc's, and I reformat/reinstall 3 of them)
I purposedly keep 2 pc's with the problems, in a hope of fixing it without reformat/reinstall.
.... The hardware are in a range of P-III and P4, 2ghz-3.2ghz, 256mb-512mb memory, 40gb-80gb Hd, MB are ASUS (various type) with Intel Processor.
OS on all of them: Windows XP Pro SP2 + all critical updates, IE 6.
NAV, Spybot SD, Adaware SE, Spywareblaster, with the latest updates
Scan with all the above + online scan (Trendmicro and Panda)
1. Unable to search using google, yahoo, msn (maybe other site as well)
2. Nothing happened when clicking some link in google, yahoo, msn (maybe other site as well)
This problem only occured in some user account (Administrator or limited user) -- Not a problem on some other user account...
Create New user, end up with the problem.
Uninstalled IE6 and reinstalled
Copying or transferring user setting from known good user account and from other pc
Following many step and tips (given by several poster in my older poster)
Result: problem still exist
Since following the steps to fix it takes too much time.. I prefer to reformat/reinstall, its definitely faster with a Fresh system as side effect