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Windows 7: Network icon keeps showing loading symbol and programs don't run

08 Apr 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Network icon keeps showing loading symbol and programs don't run

Hello, so this problem has happened to me before, and it's gone away before, but now it's back and it's staying for longer than it has previously. So the first thing I noticed is that in the bottom right on the toolbar, my network icon has the loading symbol around it. It doesn't go away unless I right click on it, in which case it shows that I'm not connected to a network. I can still open and run my browser, however pages like pandora or youtube don't load. Any program that connects online (such as games), and some that don't, refuses to open. I can't open Network and Sharing Center, or any page in Control Center for that matter. I also can't run any troubleshooters. I've tried restarting my computer in various safe modes including with command prompt, where I ran sfc /scannow. This brought up a message saying that some files were corrupted but could not be fixed. I also restored my computer to a previous time when my computer was working fine, and that fixed the problem until I restarted my computer the next day, when the problem returned. I know it's not my network that is the problem, my wifi works fine and I've double checked all the cables to my modem, router, and the Ethernet cable which I tried switching out. Sorry for such a long post and thank you to anyone who took the time to read it, also thanks in advance to anyone who can give me some advice.

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