Is this a sign my machine has been compromised (TCPIP?)? I've run AVG Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Spybot, etc. etc. etc. and it finds nothing, so I don't think it's a spyware issue.
I also ran Microsoft's TCPView which shows all active connections and updates every second and I don't see any rogue connections to my machine.
The satellite tech. guy came out recently and recommended I raise my dish another 15 feet on my roof. He said my problem is a "line of sight" issue, due to "high" altitude trees 2-3 miles away, compromising the signal. Personally, I think his theory is BS since the trees obviously didn't grow 15 feet over night. And the satellite internet connection didn't piss out slowly, over a period of time, but crapped out one day, about two weeks ago.
Like I said, I can surf, but I can't even ping.
When I go to the command prompt and try to ping, I get the response:
"Ping is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."
So maybe this is a Windows issue? The tech. didn't think so.
I really can't reinstall Windows XP because I have too much stuff on my hard drive (like 200GB worth of data). To back that up, prior to a fresh install, would require like 10,00,000 CD-Rs!!!!!
If you have any advice, I would be very grateful for your replies. Satellite internet sucks, but it's all I can get out where I live.
Really frustrated (for weeks now) and would very much appreciate your input.