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When I start up my computer, ny internet connection functions for
anywhere from 5 minutes to half an hour. After that it stops working.
The connection is still present, but I can't load any web pages, get
email, or ping any hosts or IPs. I can use the internet just fine
when I load up Linux, so it's not a hardware issue. I've also
recently gone from dial up to a cable modem. I wouldn't consider
myself an expert, but I'm no slouch, either, and it doesn't seem to be
a hardware or configuration issue.
I've run all the scans for viruses, malware, spyware, and the like
suggested elsewhere in these forums. The scans found some issues, but
the problem didn't go away.

HijackThis Log follows. Thanks for any ideas.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2

Scan saved at 8:46:39 PM, on 11/16/04

Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\KERNEL32.DLL

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSGSRV32.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MPREXE.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\mmtask.tsk

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\NVSVC.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DDHELP.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\TASKMON.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\SYSTRAY.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\MICROSOFT HARDWARE\MOUSE\POINT32.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\STIMON.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGCC.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGEMC.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRISOFT\AVG FREE\AVGAMSVR.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\RUNDLL32.EXE

C:\PROGRAM FILES\SPYBOT - SEARCH & DESTROY\TEATIMER.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WMIEXE.EXE

C:\HIJACKTHIS\HIJACKTHIS.EXE

O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHELPER.DLL

O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSDXM.OCX

O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ScanRegistry] C:\WINDOWS\scanregw.exe /autorun

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TaskMonitor] C:\WINDOWS\taskmon.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SystemTray] SysTray.Exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mdac_runonce] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\runonce.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Fix-It AV] C:\PROGRA~1\ONTRACK\SYSTEM~1\MEMCHECK.EXE

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [POINTER] point32.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\QTTASK.EXE" -atboottime

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [StillImageMonitor] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\STIMON.EXE

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVGFRE~1\AVGCC.EXE /STARTUP

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_EMC] C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVGFRE~1\AVGEMC.EXE

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_AMSVR] C:\PROGRA~1\GRISOFT\AVGFRE~1\AVGAMSVR.EXE

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TrojanScanner] C:\Program Files\Trojan Remover\Trjscan.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [LoadPowerProfile] Rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,LoadCurrentPwrScheme

O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [NVSvc] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\nvsvc.exe -runservice

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\NVMCTRAY.DLL,NvTaskbarInit

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpybotSD TeaTimer] C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe

O8 - Extra context menu item: &Google Search - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmsearch.html

O8 - Extra context menu item: Cac&hed Snapshot of Page - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmcache.html

O8 - Extra context menu item: Si&milar Pages - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmsimilar.html

O8 - Extra context menu item: Backward &Links - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmbacklinks.html

O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate Page - res://C:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE\GOOGLETOOLBAR1.DLL/cmtrans.html

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That's what I thought, too! I just really don't know what it could be or where I could look that I haven't already. I checked the HijackThis startup log and didn't see anything there, either.

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Have you tried using another browser, such as Firefox to see if the same thing happens? If not, maybe you should.

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Yes, I have. It happens with IE, Firefox, and Opera. The connection stops working at all... can't get e-mail, can't so much as ping a known IP address.

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Well, since the problem occurs across browsers, but does not happen in Linux, I'd suggest that you check your Win systems logs. The only problem with that is the fact that Win 9.x doesn't do much logging; it's rather limited in its ability to leave clues. Grr... :(

Are you getting a dynamically-assigned IP via DHCP, or has your ISP given you a static IP config?

When the connection gets dropped, run winipcfg and see if it has anything illuminating to report.

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What logs are there for Win 98 and where are they?
Dynamic IP via DHCP.
winipcfg doesn't tell me anything. The connection doesn't actually get dropped. The cable modem stays connected just fine, when I was dialing up, it stayed connected, too. Windows just stops transmitting data up or downstream.

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