I cannot tell you when this started, as I do not use this machine too often, it is my laptop at home, and it is not used by anyone but me. I am thinking it is a viru/spyware or similar, but I am not sure about that either. Once or twice I think I got on the machine, found out it was not getting to a webpage and walked away, because I was looking for info, and not able to sit down and figure it out. I did have to download updates as well. Which it did, but it took a long time, I thought that was what was slowing it down/not keeping it from getting to a website.
Anyway, I have Google set as my homepage, so when I open a new page, it just spins, no Google, never gets to any other states than that. It just spins like its trying but gets nowhere. I pulled up a command prompt, and was able to ping www.google.com without loss. I ran AVG, and it didn't find any viruses. I also checked to make sure the AVG filtering webpages wasn't causing the trouble. I think I did that right
So, any help would be helpful. Again, I really cannot go out and download software to aid me, cause I cannot connect. I did copy the IP address of Google into the browser to see if that worked. It didn't.