XP, works fine for everything, including the internet. Your pages pop on to the screen, life is good. You have Ad-Aware installed and updated, you have AVG free updated and working, you also have Spybot Search and Destroy. You ran all three and no problems came up. You have your Windows SP2 installed and you systems is just pushing the envelope. All is good.
Then, you go to your system, and you log on to your favorite web page, and it won't "POP" anymore. You figure that site is down cause everything was working a minute ago. So you go to your regular sites, and they are ALL lagging badly.
You check your protection programs, but there are no more updates, and you run them again, nothing found. Your system is as clean as it was reported to be last time you were online. You look at your activity light on your Modem and Router, and there is no background activity eating up your bandwidth.
What is going ON?????
A reboot does not fix the problem.
You check your resident programs and they work as well as they ever did. So it is just the internet connection.
Just as a precaution, you remove your network drivers and re-install them. No change.
You finally decide after trying for 2 hours (or 2 days) to RESTORE your system. After the restore procedure, your system still lags.
You give up. A while later, you go to the Control panel and remove extraneous programs. No help there.
Then all of a sudden you log on, and your system is back burning up the broadband. Wondering what it was you save this to a RESTORE point.
Two days later it happens again, and the RESTORE does not get you back to operability, and you start trouble shooting all over again.
Anybody that can offer suggestions, please help.
P.S. It is not my MODEM or ROUTER, the wireless systems are not affected.