OK, here's the story. Today my laptop was infected with an extremely malicious strain of the CoolWebSearch spyware virus. It took me nearly two hours to remove it. The removal involved sifting through the Registry (run >> "regedit") and deleting the bugs responsible for the infection. Here's the key: I think that during that process, I accidentally deleted a file in the registry (something to do with browser helpers objects) that was vital to my internet functions.
The virus was eliminated. But now, as a result, my internet is working intermittently. In other words, I'll turn on the computer and my browser will be dead; then a few restarts later it will be perfectly fine...and so on.
I'm not sure if the alternations I made in the registry have anything to do with the failure. I might be a symptom of the virus, though I'm pretty sure it's been destroyed. Here's a site that has information on the C:\searchpage.html virus ("http://www.computing.net/security/wwwboard/forum/11198.html"), in case its useful.
I should also note that I did use HijackThis to help remove the virus; though that shouldn't be an issue since I've restored one essential file that I accidentally erased with it.
Again, in case the message got lost in all those words, here's my problem:
I deleted something in the registry and now my internet works on and off, but mostly off.
I'm wondering. Should I simply re-install internet explorer or is this a glitch that I can locate and fix? Is there some way that I can restore or repair deleted files without trashing the whole program? And If I do need to re-install internet explorer, can someone please give me instructions about how to do that?
I know I can't give much information, but I'm desperate for help.
Thanks a ton!!