Guys. I'm going to pull my f'ing hair out. I've been working on a machine for the past 5 hours. It's an XP machine. Story goes as follows:
Had virus. Ran MBAM. Ran AVAST boot-time scan. Ran Spybot S&D. Got rid of virus. No more alerts on start-up, everything working fine on computer EXCEPT THE F'ING INTERNET.
Hosts file is clean with just the one entry for 127.0.0.1.
No unusual DLLs in the System32 folder.
I believe I have deleted every temp folder available.
The problem is this, I can't get on the internet with IE. However, Firefox works just fine. I uninstalled and then reinstalled IE8, as well, to no avail. I'm f'ing stuck and I don't know what to do next. I don't understand what the deal is.
IE comes up with this page
, HOWEVER, the URL ALWAYS gets redirected to "http:///" (yes THREE slashes!!!) when typing in an address. I DO NOT GET IT!!!!! ARGHH!
Please help me not go bald.
EDIT: This has to be important. In command prompt, I can ping almost any site (with the actual name) like google, or my own personal site....BUT I CANNOT PING ANYTHING MICROSOFT RELATED. It won't ping bing, msn, or microsoft itself. I'm so f'ing confused.