Several days ago, I noticed that my computer (XP) was taking a long time to boot up when I turned it on. A lot longer than it used to take. Upon startup, it sounds like my hard drive is going nuts and it takes a long time. I tried going to Start, run, msconfig and unchecking some of the 17 items that boot up when the computer is turned on. If I turn any item off, I can't access the internet at all
! I had to restore all of them with the resulting slow startup.
Then yesterday, I started having more internet access problems. When I leave the computer and then come back, the computer tells me that I'm offline and asks if I want to work offline or attempt to reconnect. Aaarrrgggghhhhh
! I click reconnect and it still says I'm offline! After Xing everything out and going back to the desktop, I can usually get back on by clicking IE. Usually but not always. During this time, my daughter is online with her computer so I know that my Comcast cable service is good.
I tried to system restore to something a while ago but it only had 3 restore points, today and the last two days
. This is when I started having the trouble and now my computer says that there are no restore points prior to the trouble!
It has to be something in this computer. Can anyone help me, please?
BTW, I've run Ad-aware, Spybot and MS Antispyware. Thanks.