Checked the Winsock using MS network diagnostics and it all came out OK with every test passing. Nevertheless I tried the new NETSH commands in SP2 and reset the Winsock catalog just in case I had a dodgy LSP somewhere but still no joy with IE or FireFox in normal mode (both still continue to work fine in safe mode though).
I then tried every Spy, trojan, ad, worm, virus, and hijack cleaner known to man and apart from a few lightweight spywares the system was quite clean and sparking after the cleaners did their job. As a bonus to all this, I do believe my system is starting up and running much faster now!
Also ran Hijackthis and the only dodgy thing I managed to find was a reference to a Microsoft TUN Miniport adaptor which on further examination gave a device state of "connected" but a media state of "disconnected" but Google informed me that this was a byproduct of Microsofts latest little bit of junkware called IPv6 but as I couldn't remove it, I stopped it in Device Manager.
Well......my PC now sings and flies and is generally behaving very well except for one thing...............
INTERNET EXPLORER AND FIREFOX JUST WILL NOT ACCESS THE WEB UNLESS IN SAFE MODE...........ARGHHHHHHHHHH!
Skype, MSN, and Outlook continue to work normally but trying to follow a link on an email or a stored web page fails.
Over to you Peter......(with sincere thanks for your persistance so far) Must be owing you about 10 gallons of Fosters by now!
Edited by Edoardo, 08 October 2006 - 11:16 AM.