My internet browsers and internet browsing related software (such as updaters and uninstallers and installers) just won't open...
I only have two internet browsers Firefox(Mostly used) and Google Chrome.
Everytime I try to open it, the cursor will turn into the "Working in desktop" cursor for half a second to 3 seconds...
I tried to monitor the process in the Task Manager...
firefox.exe or chrome.exe will appear for half a second to 3 seconds in the processes but not on the running applications. Memory (Private Working Set) is random but in between 300K-500K. Same goes for the updaters and installers.
All my online games work. Updating other software without the browser also works.
I am running on Windows 7 Home Premium
on an HP Pavillion dm 1 laptop.
I have no antivirus software whatsoever (aside the ones that came with the computer. But it was the kind that was just for the money). I have always dealt with viruses on my own.
I assume though that it is a sabotage virus... otherwise a simple computer error...
i have tried most of the solutions posted on this and other sites but none work.
Pinging websites work with successful replies.
netsh int ip reset reset.log - failed saying I should run it as administrator even though I am on an administrator account. And that there are no user specified settings to be reset.
netsh winsock reset catalog - was successful but did not fix any problems nor made any visibile change whatsoever.
My internet browsers and internet browsing-related software won't open in Safe Mode either.
I humbly ask of your assistance as I am in desperate need of help.
Thank you in advance.