so i restored my computer to the day before that, using windows system restore. and that solved the problem straight away. but when i went to turn off the computer, it said it needed to install updates, and would turn off the computer after installing these updates. the next day, after installing the updates, i couldn't connect to the internet again! i can't even go onto google from firefox. it just says, "Connection has timed out." after trying to load for about 3 minutes.
so i though it might be the windows update that's causing the problem. so i restored my computer (again) to before this specific update was done. and my internet was back, up and running. the next time i turned off the computer, i chose not to install the updates. then, the next day, XP decided to install these updates without asking me, so now, i'm stuck with no internet again.
so what's the problem? i'm guessing it's the Win updates doing something it shouldn't, but what? and how can i fix this?