I click on ie7 and get a white page with no address bars and then it knocks me off. I get incoming traffic from the internet but can’t connect for outgoing. Also blocked from microsoft activation online. The real hair scratcher is in c:\my user name\local settings\history\history.ie5. I click on history.ie5 and the cursor jumps to my documents. I can’t get rid of history. I go to safe mode and it appears I have deleted history
but all is the same when I go back to normal mode in xp home. I have scanned with malware bytes and avg. Malwarebytes removed C:\windows\system32\wextract.exe c:\windows\$Ntuninstall$ and C:\windows\system32\servicepackfiles\i386 virus. However, it did not fix my problem of internet access. Network diagnostics is not able to run either. It appears the virus turns off my ethernet nic for outgoing. I sense a host file activity but can’t pinpoint one. I did a repair install and everything is the same. No internet access, but I get updates from microsoft. I have tried removing the disk to another computer and scanning for viruses, but none is found. Another strange thing is when I click on the history square (the little blue square), it spreads a blue rectangular spot out beside it and I don’t get an history.ie5. I cannot delete it either. Are there any suggestions other than wipe hard drive and reinstall windows with all the pain of updating drivers,etc.