I've been having some connection issues these past few weeks. I turn on the computer first thing in the morning, and I get no Internet connectivity - just a little computer network icon in my system tray attempting to connect for a bit, then popping up with a message saying that my local area internet connection has limited or no connectivity. A restart fixes the problem, and I get back my Internet connection. It has been happening everyday since a couple of weeks ago, when I uninstalled Norton AntiVirus 2005 and installed AVG.
I've tried just about everything under the sun. Ran Winsock, applied patches, added a new registry file...they all don't work.
Lately I've also been getting the little yellow shield icon in my taskbar every time I start up the computer with the Internet connection ready, one with a little exclaimation mark on it. It disappears after a bit. I figured it was the Automatic Updates, so I went to the Windows Updates website to check it out. On my Updates History tab, I saw a couple of entries for the latest September version of Malicious Software Removal Tool, only all of those failed with error code 0x80246008.
I linked to the support page for that error, and tried out what Microsoft suggested, which was to change my Background Intelligent Transfer Service to Automatic, and make sure its service status was Started. However, trying to start the service only gives me an error message telling me to look to service specific error code 2147024894, which I don't understand.
Manual downloading of updates from the Windows Updates website also does not work. I click on install updates, and all that happens is that a grey box telling me it is preparing the download appears. Nothing else happens, no progress or whatever. I end up having to cancel the whole thing through Ctrl-Alt-Delete and stopping Internet Explorer. Each time I do this, it ends up as one new entry on my updates history, as a 'failed' manual download from Windows Updates.
One more issue is that I discovered this morning that I can no longer access links through external applications. I could not check for a new WinPatrol version through WinPatrol - the browser window simply would not appear. It worked last week - I have no idea why it doesn't this time. Same goes for trying to access Windows Updates or the Malicious Software Removal Tool through Microsoft AntiSpyware, or the 'AVG plus Firewall link' in AVG. I can check for updates with CCleaner, which opens up an Internet Explorer window, but that's about it.
I really, really need all the help I can use now. I'm just about on the verge on reformatting my computer, seriously. That, plus the fact that the uninstallation of Norton and installation of AVG has completely messed up my Security Center as well.
By the way...if I were to really reformat, is there a way I could do it so that Norton AntiVirus 2005 doesn't come back? My PC came with a free subscription to the program, but I don't really care for Norton.
Thanks in advance.