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By jdclyde ·
Running Win2k SP4.

I have run adaware,hijackthis,avg antivirus, S&D, all in "safe mode" and normal mode. Found a bit and removed it all.

I have network connectivity and can ping to my hearts content.

If I launch FF, I can browse anything, very quickly might I add.

If I launch IE, in about 10 minutes the home page will load (currently www.yahoo.com). If I click on anything it just sits there looking stupid until I go into Task Manager and kill the application.

If I launch Control Pannel or Search, I get the same results. (no, I don't want to format and reload).

I downloaded and "reinstalled and replaced" IE6 and rebooted.

Memory useage is only about 130M out of 512, and with the IE/control pannel/search frozen, CPU useage is sitting at 0%.

If wasn't for the user needing windows updating, I would just tell them to use FF anyways, but can't give this back like this.

The last time IE worked was after doing an update and reboot, but I can't get into control pannel to uninstall any updates.

I am booting to "last known good config" as I type (just remembered about that feature) but is hasn't made any difference.

Any ideas short of a reload?

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by OnTheRopes In reply to User Broke Internet Explo ...

Just off the top of my head though it may be too late, have you tried "System Restore"?

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by OnTheRopes In reply to

You can get to System Restore by going to Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools

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by jdclyde In reply to

Didn't fix it , but thanks for trying.

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by Old Guy In reply to User Broke Internet Explo ...

JD, I think I remember that you can get to System Restore through DOS or C: I don't remember where it is located but you should be able to Google it.

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by Old Guy In reply to

JD, your answer may be right here in TR http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=11&threadID=85516&messageID=797187

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by jdclyde In reply to

Didn't fix it, but thanks for trying.
The solution was for XP, and does not work for win2k

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by fungus-among-us In reply to User Broke Internet Explo ...

You could also try Fred Langa's "XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option"

http://informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=189400897

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by jdclyde In reply to

Did not fix it, but thanks for trying. Again, winXP solution, not win2k.

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by Kiltie In reply to User Broke Internet Explo ...

Answer 3 is my fave cure all for such problems, but that has to be one of the later things to try, however if you are in a hurry....

Another thing to try is System File Checker

open a command prompt window and type

sfc /scannow

from memory it takes 15 to 20 mins to check the system files, you need an installation disk, or point to the install folder if it was installed from hard drive (which is what I do, much faster than a CD)

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by Kiltie In reply to

Just noticed, that answer 3 refers to XP hot reinstall, whereas you have a 2k SP4 system to fix.
However, I am wondering if a similar approach will work with 2k, hmmmmmm

I have a spare machine, that I could sacrifice, I could test that idea out, let you know if it works or not
If it fails, I only need to rebuild from scratch, and I love doing that, I am always rebuilding one or more of my systems, often 2 a month

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