I initially thought the problem was malware, so I went through the steps in the malware forum to remove these things, and it did indeed remove about 50 items. It seemed to clear up my connection for about a day, but now it's back to being terrible again.
New scans and searches return a virus free computer, so I am at a loss here.
I have updated my drivers for my ethernet pci card, but I have not been able to test my cable yet. IT department swears the problem is on my end, so I'm not sure what to do here.
My motherboard does have on-board ethernet, but the same problem persists with that as well.
Is it possible I have a problem with the way my packets are being sent that was corrupted by the malware?
Motherboard - MSI K7N2
CPU - AMD atholon 2500+
Memory - Corsair 1g (2x 512) Dual Channel 400mhz ddr (PC 3200)
Hard Drive - Maxtor 180g 7200 rpm
Graphics - ATI Radeon 9600xt
Ethernet - Realtek RTL8139 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (PCI) or Nforce2 Onboard Ethernet
O/S - XP sp2