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#16 dk32

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 06:46 PM

I ran Winsockxpfix again and rebooted. I enabled Windows Firewall and disabled ZoneAlarm. I don't have a Router but connect via a USB cable from my Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem. Bubble regarding connection continues to pop up.

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 06:50 PM

So are you "plugging and unplugging" the two computers alternately, during the progress of this fix? Check Device Manager on your Dad's machine. Look especially for any yellow or red warnings near USB Controllers. You may have to use the ISP's installation protocol (maybe they sent you a CD when you first installed with your own machine?) Your Dad's machine may just need to have the Internet Connection "installed" appropriate to your Internet Service.
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Posted 30 November 2006 - 06:54 PM

I used the CD that came with my modem on his computer several days ago. No yellow or red flags near USB controllers.

Edited by dk32, 30 November 2006 - 07:02 PM.


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Posted 01 December 2006 - 05:48 AM

Is your Dad's machine able to stay connected to the internet for 2 minutes?

If so, I'd like you to run the Full Tests over at http://www.pcpitstop.com
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You'll be asked to accept an ActiveX to run the test on your machine. (It's safe)

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When you receive your results, click on TechExpress and copy the Link back to this Thread here in TomCoyote. (the techexpress does not display/release any personal information.

With that better picture of how your Dad's machine is functioning, we may be able to provide more informed recommendations to resolve this problem.
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Posted 04 December 2006 - 03:20 PM

When I ran the tests on pcpitstop, it said that some versions of Norton Antivirus found the Sockets de Trois Trojan during the Internet upload test.


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Yahoo! Browser Yahoo!, Inc. C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\browser\ybrwicon.exe
Sun Java Update Sun Microsystems, Inc. C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\jusched.exe
Journal Viewer Microsoft Corporation C:\WINDOWS\system32\WISPTIS.EXE
Office XP speech Microsoft Corporation C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
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HP Digital Imaging Component Hewlett-Packard Co. C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqgalry.exe
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Yahoo Messager Yahoo!, Inc. C:\PROGRA~1\Yahoo!\browser\ycommon.exe
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Print spooler Microsoft Corporation C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
HP catch-all Hewlett-Packard Company C:\windows\system\hpsysdrv.exe
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eTrust/ZoneLabs Computer Associates International, Inc. C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\ISafe.exe
eTrust Antivirus Computer Associates International, Inc. C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\VetMsg.exe
Agere WinModem Agere Systems C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
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IE Restricted Zone Permissions None


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Size 114492 MB
Free space 106322 MB (93%)
Junk files 26 MB (0%)
Data fragmentation 11%
File fragmentation 2%
Uncached speed 42 MB/s (120%)


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Drive letters C
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Brand/Model SAMSUNG SP1203N
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Resolution 1024x768 pixels
Colors 16 million
DirectX version 5.03.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
OpenGL version 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Acceleration options Enabled
Performance 100.15 MP/s (99% of 550 similar)


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Screen Size (HxV) 32 x 24 cm
Viewable Diagonal Size 15.75 inch
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#21 Doug

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:30 PM

Thanks dk32, Will you post just the Techexpress Link. Youve copy/pasted most all the information, but it is much easier to "see" in the TechExpress link form. Best Regards Doug

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 07:04 PM

TechExpress link for your current results:
http://www.pcpitstop...ENBFW8LQZWSNT6J

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 10:51 AM

You might want to consider Uninstalling the SBC Yahoo! Online Protection. I say "might" because I'm not sure of how that utility interacts with your Dad's machine's onboard AntiVirus. May cause conflicts. May be just fine. I don't know. Seems like you'd have to uninstall it to find out. I just worked on another user's machine that had a similar utility from PeoplePC. It trashed the computer's connection to the Internet and also let a ton of Malware in. Not saying that SBC's Online Protection is the same as PeoplePC, just raising an option. Personally, I'd uninstall the Yahoo Browser as well. Yahoo Browser uses IE, and then puts its own branded bloat stuff on to make it look like a Yahoo Portal. I've been using SBC DSL and also their Dial-up, for 6 or 7 years and uninstalled all of the SBC/Yahoo stuff during the first month. Give me a "clean" version of IE or Firefox any day, over a "branded" browser portal. Just my opinion. It's your choice. I presume you're still having the same problem with your Dad's machine getting kicked off the Internet at randome intervals? See if uninstalling the SBC online Protection helps. See if uninstalling the SBC/Yahoo browser helps. I'll keep thinking about other possible solutions. Best Regards
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Posted 05 December 2006 - 11:14 AM

Yesterday I got kicked off once before using the pcpitstop test, then I was able to stay connected for several hours, until I checked on the firewalls. The Windows Firewall was disabled, so I enabled it. Don't know what disabled it. Since you recommended Windows firewall instead of ZoneAlarm, and I wanted to keep it simple for my dad so I uninstalled ZoneAlarm. Then I immediately started getting the bubble again about the connectivity and would get kicked off every few minutes. This morning, I reinstalled ZoneAlarm and I also have the Windows Firewall on and it has not kicked me off once. I plan to return his computer to him either today or tomorrow. I had him find all his CD's that came with the computer as he didn't bring them to me and if I continue to have problems after returning his computer and reconnecting to his DSL, then I will just stick in the recovery CD and start over. If you have any further suggestions, please let me know. If not, thanks for all your help.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 11:25 AM

I'm not sure I'm clear on which worked best, but I think you're saying that you were able to stay online for a few hours with Zone Alarm alone yesterday. Therefore, I'd go with Zone Alarm only and disable the Windows Firewall. My previous recommendation of Windows Firewall was to see if you could get more consistant connectivity without the Zone Alarm. Seems the answer was No. I've been using Zone Alarm (free) for quite a few years and never had a problem with it. Running (2) two Firewalls is not recommended. Your other plans about the install CDs etc. sound fine. Sorry this has been such a tough one. You got excellent help from LDTate and then this Internet Connectivity thing has had us hung for quite some time. You've made all the right moves. You just haven't gotten the results we hoped for. Seems you may have a stable solution at this time. Fortunately, TC will be here if you have question in the future. Best Regards
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Posted 05 December 2006 - 11:31 AM

It would be a "very" good idea to update the XP operating system before handing it back to your Dad. Recently, with all the problems people have had with IE 7.0, I've recommended that folks get the alerts for Windows update, but download and install manually. Then I "uncheck" the box in front of IE 7.0 so that it doesn't download/install. IE 6.0 is fine for now. Your Dad will keep getting an alert that Windows downloads are available, each time he turns his machine on, but you can tell him to download/install everything but IE 7.0. However, IE 7.0 runs fine for alot of people, and it is certainly a matter of user choice at this point. Best Regards Edit: Again, I'd dump the SBC/Yahoo products to avoid possible conflicts. It's an option for your choice.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 11:37 AM

Ooops. Looks like you're already using IE 7.0
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Posted 05 December 2006 - 11:45 AM

I had never re-enabled ZoneAlarm on his computer. I have always used ZoneAlarm on my own computer, also, without any problem but since I was going to use the Windows Firewall on his and ZoneAlarm was disabled, I decided to uninstall it. Before I went to uninstall it, I thought I better check to make sure Windows Firewall was working. That is when I discovered it was off. Right now both Windows Firewall and ZoneAlarm are on and I have uninterrupted connection. When he first brought me his computer, I suspected some kind of malware because his Windows Firewall was off, along with his Windows automatic update, and his CA antivirus, but nothing has shown up in the scans. I set everything up on his computer for him and he doesn't do anything other than check email, surf the internet, and play games. He wouldn't know how to turn any of these off. When he has a problem, he calls and I try to walk him through it. This was one I couldn't fix over the phone. I've always had a cable connection and am not as familiar with his DSL and everything included with it. Cable is not available where he lives.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 11:51 AM

When I first got his computer I checked for updates and tried to custom install and was not able so I went with the express install and it downloaded EI 7.0 along with several other updates. I haven't downloaded it to my own computer yet, but as you say he keeps reminding me to do so. I disabled the yahoo! Browser as you suggested.

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 11:54 AM

Sounds like your Dad is unlikely to venture too far into risky territory.
You may want to install SpywareBlaster. It functions like a Host File to block known-bad websites.
He would never "see" it because it runs passively and does not consume resources.

IE and Firefox browsers do a "local look-up" to Host Files first before connecting to an addressed site.
If the site the user is trying to reach is "known-bad" then the browser prevents the connection.

You can get SpywareBlaster (free) at"
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com
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