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NIC Disabled

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I've seen this a couple of times, an infection of spyware / malware disables the NIC, makes it look like the cable is unplugged, but it's not.

A buddy of mine has a client - I've been asked to help. The client was surfing the net and got some popups, then he got a message saying the web page was unavailable.

I looked at the PC, there was a lot of junk in the registry and I could tell there was a lot of spyware / malware on it. I deleted programs and junk from the registry. Booted into safe mode and cleaned out more junk.

The PC with Windows2000 had SpyBot 1.3 with old defs on it. I ran it, but it didn't find much. I can't get a network connection so I can't download Ad-Aware or put new defs on SpyBot.

I took my notebook and connected it to the cable going to this PC and it worked, so it's not a cabling issue.

I put a new NIC in it, but couldn't get it to recognize.

I uninstalled / reinstalled the NIC, that didn't work. I uninstalled / reinstalled the IP protocol (seen that work before), but that didn't work.

Anybody seen this and was able to get the NIC activated again?
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