I run Windows XP SP3 on my computer and have had no trouble getting online until yesterday, when I repeatedly received the message that a connection couldn't be established. After trying successive times I suspected it was my computer and not my server and did a system restore to two days previously. After this everything was fine and I was able to connect immediately. This morning the same thing: unable to connect messages until I restored to the previous day, and then, bingo, ok again. An additional puzzle during all this, I get a message to say I must reduce the number of my start up programmes, but as I've done this to a minimum and the 'properties' now allows more than enough, are the two problems connected?
I just want to note that after several days of trying to sort my System Restore/Help and Support and Search problems, which produced only a blank screen, and after trying various Spywares recommended, the problem appears to have been solved by dumping Internet Explorer 7 and downloading Internet Explorer 8 - everything missing magically returned after this. However, I now have Spyware Doctor on my system that I just can't delete - I've tried every which way. Is there anything one can do to rid one's computer of these stubborn programs?
Thanks for suggestion. It's not in add/remove, unfortunately - I have Revo on my system. I've managed with Winpatrol to take it from startup, and have removed some of the files (pct's) with regedit, but still get message that some of these are write-protected.