My internet cable connection is flakey; sometimes will and sometimes won't connect, and will not stay connected.
When I go to control panel > Network connections it has the two icons for hi-speed, a WAN driver and an ethernet connection. But when I right click on either it freezes up the window (no drop-down menu) and I can't get to the 'properties' tab. The only way out is with Task Manager terminating the non-responsive process.
Also, I can't get to my Windows Firewall, so I am using ZoneAlarm instead. The firewall settings are also inaccessible (like the network connections 'properties') , with error messages that 'associated services' (ICS) are NOT running, when I try to open the dialog. Task Manager termination again is the only way out.
So I right-click on My Computer, choose Manage, then open the 'services' to find that the "Windows/Firewall Internet Connection Sharing Service" is stopped....and I am unable to activate or enable it. Either Auto or manual, when I hit 'Start' it throws up an error message.
The error message is 1068 : Dependency Service or Group Failed to Start. There are no progs or processes listed in either of the 'dependencies' tab's boxes. It just locks up and refuses to start. Up and down the services list I find nothing too glaring that seems amiss.
Trying to set up a broadband network connection sends up error message 678. I have Adelphia cable hi-speed. Did many virus and trojan scans in regular and safe mode....nothing comes up.
Start > Run > msconfig > Services tab also lists this Windows/Firewall service grey checked as being stopped; but nothing you can do about it from there.
Can't seem to get at these things....network set-up wizard, or Internet options > Connections to try any other strategy. I guess these WAN/Ethernert settings have to be re-configured after the right services are activated.
Any help ?