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Windows 7: Can't connect to IRC at all-Steam hangs on the update screen. Malware?

08 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
Can't connect to IRC at all-Steam hangs on the update screen. Malware?

I can't connect to IRC servers using programs. (I have to use Mibbit. But even then, while using Mibbit, it keeps disconnecting for absolutely no reason.)
When I start up Steam it keeps trying to update itself, the update progress staying at zero, and cannot fully start.
I cannot use a free online texting service, it says the servers are down but I think it's a problem on my end.
Some aspects of my computer just act a little... funny. I can't really put my finger on it but some things just seen off.
I've tried restarting, scanning my computer for malware (Using Microsoft Security Essentials and Spybot S&D), removing programs, and hell, plain old waiting.
What's wrong? Did a network setting go haywire, or do I have some malware? Can I have help fixing this?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 64-bit

Just tried accessing the aforementioned texting service from another computer. It works fine from there.
Still doesn't work on this computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Can't connect to IRC at all-Steam hangs on the update screen. Malware?

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