Connect? So the browsers do open up, but they don't receive Internet access? Is it just the web browsers acting up or are other programs affected too?
Have you tried the sfc /scannow
command, I have to do that all the time on XP machines that lose Internet access, it always gets them back online (replaces damaged/removed core networking files etc.)
Or if your system files are fine, perhaps there is a policy in place targeting your web browsers. You could test that theory out by renaming the firefox.exe to say firef.exe, loading it and trying to browse?
Your latest post mentions denied permissions, it sounds like the virus/malware worked your computer over.
Quote: Originally Posted by dysertmv
My settings are correct in normal mode and still won't connect with firefox or IE8. Could it be my local hosts is the problem. I tried C:windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and it dooesn't recognize command. Is this different in windows 7?