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I am having an intermittent problem with my network connection dropping out for no apparent reason.

When it drops, I still see the lights blinking on the NIC card, but cannot pass packets even to the router.

Windows does not report the connection or the cable as disconnected when this problem is occurring.

The problem will persist until I disconnect and reconnect the CAT-5e wire, or disable and re-enable the NIC.

As soon as I do one of those 2 things, connectivity immediately returns (and works for another hour or so).

I am running a legitimate copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on an HP Pavilion.

All of the latest Windows updates and the latest firmware drivers are installed.

My ethernet connection is a wired Local Area Connection with a static IP address, gateway and DNS.

The IP address, gateway and DNS settings are accurate and work for several other computers here.

The Network Interface Card is a Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller (VEN_10EC / DEV_8136 / REV_05).

NIC Power Management, Energy Efficient Ethernet, and Link Down Power Saving are all turned off.

On the NIC, ARP/Large Send/IPv4,TCP,UDP Checksum/NS Offload, Flow Control, and are all on.

Receive Buffer Size on the NIC is 64Kb (512 buffers). Receive Side Scaling on. 128 Transmit Buffers.

Interrupt Moderation is turned on. Magic Packet features are turned off. Optimal Performance enabled.

NIC Speed and Duplex are set to 100mbps Full Duplex wherever possible (automatic was also tried).

802.1X authentication (EAP or PEAP) is disabled. Auto connection logic is disabled.

Connection routes through two switches into a Belkin router; other devices on same networks unaffected.

Much of my data is stored on a Network Attached Storage device, with UNC shares mapped to drive letters.

Other Windows, Mac and Linux devices connected to the same NAS device have no problems staying connected.

When the issue occurs, I can't ping the gateway, do DNS lookups or pass any packets as far as I can tell.

I have tried swapping out the CAT-5e cables for other cables and even ran them through a cable tester.
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Network fixes I have attempted from the OS level so far include:

~ Switching the dynamic port range to start at 10,000 and run for approximately 54,000 ports
~ Systematically reviewing every running service to make certain that only the essential ones are on
~ Disabling all NIC stacks except Client for Microsoft Networks, IPv4, File and Printer Sharing and Comodo
~ Attempted connections with Comodo turned completely off and its NIC driver disabled
~ Attempted rolling back the RealTek driver to an earlier one from the same family and device line
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Using netsh I have tried the following settings:

~ netsh winsock reset catalog
~ netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log
~ netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log
~ netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled
~ netsh int tcp set global chimney=automatic
~ netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
~ netsh int tcp set global congestionprovider=ctcp
~ netsh int tcp set global ecncapability=disabled
~ netsh int tcp set global timestamps=disabled
~ netsh int tcp set global netdma=enabled
~ netsh int tcp set global dca=enabled
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I have ruled out any malware, spyware, virus or trojan horse as a possibility after extensive scans with:

~ MalwareBytes Anti-malware 1.60.1.1000 (subsequently updated to latest DB)
~ Kaspersky TDSSKiller
~ Microsoft Antimalware Security Essentials
~ Avira AntiVir
~ GMER
~ RootkitRevealer
~ Sophos SAR 15 SFX
~ PrevX v3.0 CSI Free Edition

All virus definitions and malware databases were successfully updated prior to these scans.
_____________________________________________________________________________

Software I am currently running on this PC (and that have not posed a problem for me in the past) includes:

~ Privoxy
~ Polipo
~ I2P
~ Comodo Internet Security / Comodo Firewall / Comodo Dragon
~ Avira Antivir
~ Microsoft Antimalware Security Essentials
~ PeerBlock
~ uTorrent
~ Bitcoin
~ DAEMON Tools Pro
~ Tor with Vidalia
~ Steam
~ Skype
~ Pidgin
~ ooVoo
~ Pandora Desktop
~ Every Adobe Product in CS5/CS5.5
~ Microsoft Office 2010
~ mDesktop
~ Acunetix 8
~ Rainmeter
~ Prevx
~ Audacity
~ Avidemux
~ Celemony Melodyne
~ QuickBooks 2011 Pro Plus
~ Google Chrome
~ Mozilla Firefox
~ PowerISO
~ Evernote
~ Calibre
~ GoToManage Professional
~ Cisco VPN Service
~ SmartFTP Client
~ KVIrc
~ Process Explorer
~ SyncToy
~ WinDirStat
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When the connection is working, an ICMP test responds normally:

Pinging 192.168.2.1 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.2.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.2.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.2.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.2.1: bytes=32 timenbtstat -n

Local Area Connection:
Node IpAddress: [192.168.2.130] Scope Id: []

NetBIOS Local Name Table

Name Type Status
---------------------------------------------
USER-HP UNIQUE Registered
WORKGROUP GROUP Registered
USER-HP UNIQUE Registered
WORKGROUP GROUP Registered
_____________________________________________________________________________

Here's the obligatory TrendMicro HiJackThis scan log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 9:02:54 AM, on 3/23/2012
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:Program Files (x86)Hewlett-PackardHP Odometerhpsysdrv.exe
C:WindowsPixArtPac207Monitor.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalCitrixGoToAssist Express Expert363g2ax_start.exe
C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Bridge CS5.1Bridge.exe
C:Program Files (x86)SteamSteam.exe
C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesLightScribeLightScribeControlPanel.exe
C:Program Files (x86)HpHP Software Updatehpwuschd2.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalCitrixGoToAssist Express Expert363g2ax_comm_expert.exe
C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesIntuitQuickBooksQBUpdateqbupdate.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalCitrixGoToAssist Express Expert363g2ax_user_expert.exe
C:Program Files (x86)IntuitQuickBooks 2011QBW32.EXE
C:Program Files (x86)EvernoteEvernoteEvernoteClipper.exe
C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAcrobat 10.0Acrobatacrotray.exe
C:Program Files (x86)AviraAntiVir Desktopavgnt.exe
C:Program Files (x86)DAEMON Tools ProDTShellHlp.exe
C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeSwitchBoardSwitchBoard.exe
C:Program Files (x86)IntuitQuickBooks 2011QBHelp.exe
C:Program Files (x86)PowerISOPWRISOVM.EXE
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)PandoraPandora.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:Program Files (x86)Privoxyprivoxy.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:WindowsSystem32procexp.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Dreamweaver CS5.5Dreamweaver.exe
C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeCS5.5ServiceManagerCS5.5ServiceManager.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)TorAppvidalia.exe
C:Program Files (x86)TorApptor.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleGoogle Talk Plugingoogletalkplugin.exe
C:Program Files (x86)mDesktopmDesktop.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:PROGRAM FILES (X86)FOXIT SOFTWAREFOXIT READERFOXIT READER.EXE
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:Program Files (x86)SkypePhoneSkype.exe
C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice14OUTLOOK.EXE
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:Program Files (x86)uTorrentuTorrent.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:WindowsSysWOW64rundll32.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
C:Program Files (x86)HiJackThisTrend MicroHiJackThisHiJackThis.exe

R1 - HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Default_Page_URL = HP MSN.com
R0 - HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Start Page = TrackWoot: The Comeback - Tracking Woot, Best Woot Tracker, Woot History
R1 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Default_Page_URL = HP MSN.com
R1 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Default_Search_URL = Bing
R0 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Start Page = HP MSN.com
R0 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearch,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearch,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain,Local Page = C:WindowsSysWOW64blank.htm
R1 - HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings,ProxyOverride = localhost; 127.0.0.1;
R0 - HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar,LinksFolderName =
F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=userinit.exe
O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
O2 - BHO: ContributeBHO Class - {074C1DC5-9320-4A9A-947D-C042949C6216} - C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Contribute CS5.1PluginsIEPlugincontributeieplugin.dll
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeAcrobatActiveXAcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Groove GFS Browser Helper - {72853161-30C5-4D22-B7F9-0BBC1D38A37E} - C:PROGRA~2MICROS~1Office14GROOVEEX.DLL
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In SSV Helper - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:Program Files (x86)Javajre6binssv.dll
O2 - BHO: ZoneAlarm Toolbar Registrar - {8A4A36C2-0535-4D2C-BD3D-496CB7EED6E3} - C:Program FilesCheckPointZAForceFieldWOW64TrustCheckerbinTrustCheckerIEPlugin.dll (file missing)
O2 - BHO: Windows Live ID Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesMicrosoft SharedWindows LiveWindowsLiveLogin.dll
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Conversion Toolbar Helper - {AE7CD045-E861-484f-8273-0445EE161910} - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeAcrobatActiveXAcroIEFavClient.dll
O2 - BHO: URLRedirectionBHO - {B4F3A835-0E21-4959-BA22-42B3008E02FF} - C:PROGRA~2MICROS~1Office14URLREDIR.DLL
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:Program Files (x86)Javajre6binjp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: SmartSelect - {F4971EE7-DAA0-4053-9964-665D8EE6A077} - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeAcrobatActiveXAcroIEFavClient.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Contribute Toolbar - {517BDDE4-E3A7-4570-B21E-2B52B6139FC7} - C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Contribute CS5.1PluginsIEPlugincontributeieplugin.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Adobe PDF - {47833539-D0C5-4125-9FA8-0819E2EAAC93} - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeAcrobatActiveXAcroIEFavClient.dll
O3 - Toolbar: ZoneAlarm Toolbar - {EE2AC4E5-B0B0-4EC6-88A9-BCA1A32AB107} - C:Program FilesCheckPointZAForceFieldWOW64TrustCheckerbinTrustCheckerIEPlugin.dll (file missing)
O4 - HKLM..Run: [StartCCC] "c:Program Files (x86)ATI TechnologiesATI.ACECore-StaticCLIStart.exe" MSRun
O4 - HKLM..Run: [HP Software Update] c:Program Files (x86)HPHP Software UpdateHPWuSchd2.exe
O4 - HKLM..Run: [Norton Online Backup] C:Program Files (x86)SymantecNorton Online BackupNOBuClient.exe
O4 - HKLM..Run: [PDF Complete] C:Program Files (x86)PDF Completepdfsty.exe
O4 - HKLM..Run: [BCSSync] "C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice14BCSSync.exe" /DelayServices
O4 - HKLM..Run: [Intuit SyncManager] C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesIntuitSyncIntuitSyncManager.exe startup
O4 - HKLM..Run: [SwitchBoard] C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeSwitchBoardSwitchBoard.exe
O4 - HKLM..Run: [AdobeCS5.5ServiceManager] "C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeCS5.5ServiceManagerCS5.5ServiceManager.exe" -launchedbylogin
O4 - HKLM..Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeARM1.0AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKLM..Run: [Adobe Acrobat Speed Launcher] "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAcrobat 10.0AcrobatAcrobat_sl.exe"
O4 - HKLM..Run: [Acrobat Assistant 8.0] "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAcrobat 10.0AcrobatAcrotray.exe"
O4 - HKLM..Run: [Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Agent for Windows] "C:Program Files (x86)CiscoCisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Clientvpnui.exe" -minimized
O4 - HKLM..Run: [NBAgent] "C:Program Files (x86)NeroNero 11Nero BackItUpNBAgent.exe" /WinStart
O4 - HKLM..Run: [COMODO] C:Program FilesCOMODOCOMODO GeekBuddyCLPSLA.exe
O4 - HKLM..Run: [CPA] C:Program FilesCOMODOCOMODO GeekBuddyVALA.exe
O4 - HKLM..Run: [avgnt] "C:Program Files (x86)AviraAntiVir Desktopavgnt.exe" /min
O4 - HKLM..Run: [PWRISOVM.EXE] C:Program Files (x86)PowerISOPWRISOVM.EXE -startup
O4 - HKLM..Run: [KVIrc] C:Program Files (x86)KVIrckvirc.exe
O4 - HKLM..RunOnce: [CD] C:Windowstempdragon_setup.exe /S
O4 - HKLM..RunOnce: [Malwarebytes Anti-Malware] C:Program Files (x86)Malwarebytes' Anti-Malwarembamgui.exe /install /silent
O4 - HKCU..Run: [Google Update] "C:UsersUserAppDataLocalGoogleUpdateGoogleUpdate.exe" /c
O4 - HKCU..Run: [GoToAssist Express Expert] "C:UsersUserAppDataLocalCitrixGoToAssist Express Expert363g2ax_start.exe" "/Trigger RunAtLogon"
O4 - HKCU..Run: [DAEMON Tools Pro Agent] "C:Program Files (x86)DAEMON Tools ProDTAgent.exe" -autorun
O4 - HKCU..Run: [PeerBlock] C:Program FilesPeerBlockpeerblock.exe
O4 - HKCU..Run: [mDesktop] "C:Program Files (x86)mDesktopmDesktop.exe"
O4 - HKCU..Run: [AdobeBridge] "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Bridge CS5.1Bridge.exe" -stealth
O4 - HKCU..Run: [Sidebar] C:Program FilesWindows Sidebarsidebar.exe /autoRun
O4 - HKCU..Run: [Skype] "C:Program Files (x86)SkypePhoneSkype.exe" /minimized /regrun
O4 - HKCU..Run: [Steam] "C:Program Files (x86)Steamsteam.exe" -silent
O4 - HKCU..Run: [LightScribe Control Panel] C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesLightScribeLightScribeControlPanel.exe -hidden
O4 - HKCU..Run: [Growl] C:Program Files (x86)Growl for WindowsGrowl.exe
O4 - HKCU..Run: [Vidalia] "C:Program Files (x86)TorAppvidalia.exe"
O4 - HKCU..Run: [ooVoo.exe] C:Program Files (x86)ooVoooovoo.exe /minimized
O4 - HKCU..Run: [uTorrent] "C:Program Files (x86)uTorrentuTorrent.exe" /MINIMIZED
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-19..Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%Windows SidebarSidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-19..RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:WindowsSystem32mctadmin.exe (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-20..Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%Windows SidebarSidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-20..RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:WindowsSystem32mctadmin.exe (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-21-1617474927-1116081613-3671628581-1005..Run: [Sidebar] %ProgramFiles%Windows SidebarSidebar.exe /autoRun (User 'QBDataServiceUser21')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-21-1617474927-1116081613-3671628581-1005..Run: [mDesktop] "C:Program Files (x86)mDesktopmDesktop.exe" (User 'QBDataServiceUser21')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-21-1617474927-1116081613-3671628581-1005..Run: [AdobeBridge] "C:Program Files (x86)AdobeAdobe Bridge CS5.1Bridge.exe" -stealth (User 'QBDataServiceUser21')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-21-1617474927-1116081613-3671628581-1005..Run: [Skype] "C:Program Files (x86)SkypePhoneSkype.exe" /minimized /regrun (User 'QBDataServiceUser21')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-21-1617474927-1116081613-3671628581-1005..Run: [Steam] "C:Program Files (x86)SteamSteam.exe" -silent (User 'QBDataServiceUser21')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-21-1617474927-1116081613-3671628581-1005..Run: [LightScribe Control Panel] C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesLightScribeLightScribeControlPanel.exe -hidden (User 'QBDataServiceUser21')
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-21-1617474927-1116081613-3671628581-1005..RunOnce: [mctadmin] C:WindowsSystem32mctadmin.exe (User 'QBDataServiceUser21')
O4 - Startup: EvernoteClipper.lnk = C:Program Files (x86)EvernoteEvernoteEvernoteClipper.exe
O4 - Startup: Growl.lnk = ?
O4 - Startup: Live Update.lnk = C:Program Files (x86)SymantecSymantec Endpoint Protection12.1.601.4699.105BinSepLiveUpdate.exe
O4 - Startup: Pandora.lnk = C:Program Files (x86)PandoraPandora.exe
O4 - Startup: Pidgin.lnk = C:Program Files (x86)Pidginpidgin.exe
O4 - Startup: Start Freenet.lnk = UserAppDataLocalFreenetfreenet.exe
O4 - Startup: SyncToy 2.1(x64).lnk = ?
O4 - Global Startup: Intuit Data Protect.lnk = C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesIntuitDataProtectIntuitDataProtect.exe
O4 - Global Startup: Privoxy.lnk = C:Program Files (x86)Privoxyprivoxy.exe
O4 - Global Startup: QuickBooks Update Agent.lnk = C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesIntuitQuickBooksQBUpdateqbupdate.exe
O4 - Global Startup: QuickBooks_Standard_21.lnk = C:Program Files (x86)IntuitQuickBooks 2011QBW32.EXE
O4 - Global Startup: Rainmeter.lnk = C:Program FilesRainmeterRainmeter.exe
O8 - Extra context menu item: Add to Evernote 4.0 - res://C:Program Files (x86)EvernoteEvernoteEvernoteIE.dll/204
O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:PROGRA~2MICROS~1Office14EXCEL.EXE/3000
O8 - Extra context menu item: Se&nd to OneNote - res://C:PROGRA~2MICROS~1Office14ONBttnIE.dll/105
O9 - Extra button: @C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveWriterWindowsLiveWriterShortcuts.dll,-1004 - {219C3416-8CB2-491a-A3C7-D9FCDDC9D600} - C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveWriterWriterBrowserExtension.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveWriterWindowsLiveWriterShortcuts.dll,-1003 - {219C3416-8CB2-491a-A3C7-D9FCDDC9D600} - C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveWriterWriterBrowserExtension.dll
O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice14ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Se&nd to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice14ONBttnIE.dll
O9 - Extra button: OneNote Lin&ked Notes - {789FE86F-6FC4-46A1-9849-EDE0DB0C95CA} - C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice14ONBttnIELinkedNotes.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: OneNote Lin&ked Notes - {789FE86F-6FC4-46A1-9849-EDE0DB0C95CA} - C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice14ONBttnIELinkedNotes.dll
O9 - Extra button: @C:Program Files (x86)EvernoteEvernoteResource.dll,-101 - {A95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - res://C:Program Files (x86)EvernoteEvernoteEvernoteIE.dll/204 (file missing)
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @C:Program Files (x86)EvernoteEvernoteResource.dll,-101 - {A95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a} - res://C:Program Files (x86)EvernoteEvernoteEvernoteIE.dll/204 (file missing)
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:program files (x86)common filesmicrosoft sharedwindows livewlidnsp.dll
O10 - Unknown file in Winsock LSP: c:program files (x86)common filesmicrosoft sharedwindows livewlidnsp.dll
O11 - Options group: [ACCELERATED_GRAPHICS] Accelerated graphics
O15 - Trusted Zone: http://*.citrixonline.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: http://*.gotomanage.com
O15 - Trusted Zone: http://www.samsungsetup.com
O16 - DPF: {CC679CB8-DC4B-458B-B817-D447B3B6AC31} (Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Web Control) - https://12.34.56.78/CACHE/stc/1/binaries/vpnweb.cab
O17 - HKLMSystemCCSServicesTcpip..{48244C80-E889-42E1-8EAF-645DA4D7458D}: NameServer = 91.191.136.152,62.141.58.13,85.214.73.63
O17 - HKLMSystemCCSServicesTcpip..{4B23851B-4665-4455-8BA2-DD71D630ADC9}: NameServer = 8.8.8.8,4.2.2.2
O18 - Protocol: intu-help-qb4 - {ACE22922-D07C-4860-B51B-8CF472FEC2CB} - C:Program Files (x86)IntuitQuickBooks 2011HelpAsyncPluggableProtocol.dll
O18 - Protocol: qbwc - {FC598A64-626C-4447-85B8-53150405FD57} - mscoree.dll (file missing)
O18 - Protocol: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - C:PROGRA~2COMMON~1SkypeSKYPE4~1.DLL
O18 - Protocol: wlpg - {E43EF6CD-A37A-4A9B-9E6F-83F89B8E6324} - C:Program Files (x86)Windows LivePhoto GalleryAlbumDownloadProtocolHandler.dll
O18 - Filter hijack: text/xml - {807573E5-5146-11D5-A672-00B0D022E945} - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesMicrosoft SharedOFFICE14MSOXMLMF.DLL
O20 - AppInit_DLLs: C:WindowsSysWOW64guard32.dll
O23 - Service: Acunetix WVS Scheduler v8 (AcuWVSSchedulerv8) - Unknown owner - C:Program Files (x86)AcunetixWeb Vulnerability Scanner 8WVSScheduler.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32Alg.exe,-112 (ALG) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32alg.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: AMD External Events Utility - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32atiesrxx.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Avira Scheduler (AntiVirSchedulerService) - Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG - C:Program Files (x86)AviraAntiVir Desktopsched.exe
O23 - Service: Avira Realtime Protection (AntiVirService) - Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG - C:Program Files (x86)AviraAntiVir Desktopavguard.exe
O23 - Service: COMODO livePCsupport Service (CLPSLS) - COMODO - C:Program FilesCOMODOCOMODO GeekBuddyCLPSLS.exe
O23 - Service: COMODO Internet Security Helper Service (cmdAgent) - COMODO - C:Program FilesCOMODOCOMODO Internet Securitycmdagent.exe
O23 - Service: CSIScanner - Prevx - C:Program FilesPrevxprevx.exe
O23 - Service: COMODO Dragon Update Service (DragonUpdater) - Unknown owner - C:Program Files (x86)ComodoDragondragon_updater.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32efssvc.dll,-100 (EFS) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32fxsresm.dll,-118 (Fax) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32fxssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: HP Client Services (HPClientSvc) - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:Program FilesHewlett-PackardHP Client ServicesHPClientServices.exe
O23 - Service: HP Quick Synchronization Service (HPDrvMntSvc.exe) - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:Program Files (x86)Hewlett-PackardSharedHPDrvMntSvc.exe
O23 - Service: HP Software Framework Service (hpqwmiex) - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:Program Files (x86)Hewlett-PackardSharedhpqWmiEx.exe
O23 - Service: I2P Service (i2p) - Tanuki Software, Ltd. - C:Program Files (x86)i2pI2Psvc.exe
O23 - Service: @keyiso.dll,-100 (KeyIso) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: LightScribeService Direct Disc Labeling Service (LightScribeService) - Hewlett-Packard Company - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesLightScribeLSSrvc.exe
O23 - Service: @comres.dll,-2797 (MSDTC) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32msdtc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%System32netlogon.dll,-102 (Netlogon) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: PDF Document Manager (pdfcDispatcher) - PDF Complete Inc - C:Program Files (x86)PDF Completepdfsvc.exe
O23 - Service: Polipo Proxy Svc (poliproxy) - Unknown owner - c:UsersUserAppDataRoamingpolipopoli.cmd
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32psbase.dll,-300 (ProtectedStorage) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: QBCFMonitorService - Intuit - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesIntuitQuickBooksQBCFMonitorService.exe
O23 - Service: Intuit QuickBooks FCS (QBFCService) - Intuit Inc. - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesIntuitQuickBooksFCSIntuit.QuickBooks.FCS.exe
O23 - Service: QBIDPService (QBVSS) - Intuit Inc. - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesIntuitDataProtectQBIDPService.exe
O23 - Service: QuickBooksDB21 - Intuit, Inc. - C:PROGRA~2IntuitQUICKB~1QBDBMgrN.exe
O23 - Service: RoxioNow Service - Roxio - C:Program Files (x86)RoxioRoxioNow PlayerRNowSvc.exe
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32Locator.exe,-2 (RpcLocator) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32locator.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32samsrv.dll,-1 (SamSs) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Skype Updater (SkypeUpdate) - Skype Technologies - C:Program Files (x86)SkypeUpdaterUpdater.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32snmptrap.exe,-3 (SNMPTRAP) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32snmptrap.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32spoolsv.exe,-1 (Spooler) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32spoolsv.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32sppsvc.exe,-101 (sppsvc) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32sppsvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Steam Client Service - Valve Corporation - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesSteamSteamService.exe
O23 - Service: Adobe SwitchBoard (SwitchBoard) - Adobe Systems Incorporated - C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeSwitchBoardSwitchBoard.exe
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32ui0detect.exe,-101 (UI0Detect) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32UI0Detect.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32vaultsvc.dll,-1003 (VaultSvc) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32vds.exe,-100 (vds) - Unknown owner - C:WindowsSystem32vds.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Agent (vpnagent) - Cisco Systems, Inc. - C:Program Files (x86)CiscoCisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Clientvpnagent.exe
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32vssvc.exe,-102 (VSS) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32vssvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%SystemRoot%system32WatWatUX.exe,-601 (WatAdminSvc) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32WatWatAdminSvc.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%systemroot%system32wbengine.exe,-104 (wbengine) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32wbengine.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: @%Systemroot%system32wbemwmiapsrv.exe,-110 (wmiApSrv) - Unknown owner - C:Windowssystem32wbemWmiApSrv.exe (file missing)

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This problem only started happening a couple of days ago. I haven't rebooted in about three weeks.

If at all possible, I would like to resolve this issue WITHOUT a reboot, as that can take several hours.
(I have over 1000 suspended Google Chrome tabs & over 500 Comodo tabs; reloading them is a massive chore).
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Other users with the same (or similar) NIC cards from Realtek have reported issues similar to mine:
~ Wired internet keeps losing connection... - Tech Support Guy Forums
~ [Solved] Identifying network ... endless loop - config-customize - windows-7
~ windows vista - How do I resolve a looping configuration issue on my broadband modem configuration? - Super User
~ Windows 7 :: D-Link DI-524UP Router And Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Issue
~ https://social.technet.microsoft.com...e-184d9c9952a2
~ Network card problems... please help - Windows 7 Forums
~ Windows 7 intermittent internet access / local only help
~ Solved: belkin g router problems - Tech Support Guy Forums
~ Solved: !Wired internet connection problem - Tech Support Guy Forums
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I will be posting this problem in several different forums in hopes that someone might be able to solve it.

Chances are, if you think this is a simple issue you've encountered before, you're not digging deep enough.

Serious responses only from people who know what they're talking about and have READ the WHOLE post, please.





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Under User Interface:
Disable AeroMake menu bars and window frames opaque instead of translucentDo not animate windows when minimizing and maximizingSlow the window animations when holding Shift keyDisable 3D Window SwitchingAdd context menu to activate Flip 3DTurn off Aero PeekTurn off Aero SnapTurn off Aero Shake
Under Visual Effects:
Hide window contents while draggingDo not drop shadows under icons on the desktopDo not use translucent selection rectangleShow Windows version in the desktop bottom right cornerSelect how you want the arrows displayed on shortcuts
Under Animation:
Do not allow window animationDo not use smooth scrolling for list boxesDo not animate drop-down listsSelect tooltip animation types
Menu:
Do not use menu fading animation effectsHide shadows under menusHide underlined letters for keybaord navigation until ALT is pressedMenu animation effects optionsDelay before displaying submenus (in milliseconds!)Full font smoothing optionsExtended ClearType and Standard font smoothing options
Start Menu:
Hide "Log Off" from the Start MenuHide the "Run itemHide "Set Program Access And Defaults" ("Default Programs" in Vista)Hide the "Help and Support" itemHide the "All Programs" menuHide "Administrative Tools"Hide the list of frequently used programsHide the list of pinned programsHide the "See more results" link
Under Folder options determine whether to hide individual items, show them as a link, or show them as a menu easily

Effects:
Do not highlight recently installed programsDo not show partially installed programs in grayDo not sort the "All Programs" menu by nameDisable the context menu and drag itemsDisable the "Start" button tooltipExpand menu when you hover the mouse pointer over an itemEnable small icons in the Start menu
Taskbar:
Show notification areaDo not display tooltips in the notification areaDo not hide unused icons in the notification areaDo not display the network activity icon in the notification areaDo not display the sound settings icon in the notification areaDo not display the battery icon in the notifications areaAuto-hide taskbarDo not slide taskbar buttonsAllow moving or rearranging taskbar itemsGroup similar buttons: Do not group, Group when full, Always group and hide tagsButtons: Configure advanced settings for taskbar application buttons
Explorer:
Show hidden filesShow file extensionsuse Windows classic foldersDisplay checkboxes to help select multiple filesAlways show the menu bar in Windows ExplorerDisable file and folder pop-up descriptionsDisplay folder size in the folder tooltip
Thumbnails:
Disable thumbnail cache creationDo not display thumbnails in network foldersThumbnail quality - 0-100%Thumbnail size in pixelsShow address bar folder path autocompleteShow address bar folder path autosuggestShow address bar maximized as a drop-down listInclude variable "PATH" into search pathDisable automatic replacement of a blackslash to a forward slash
Context Menu:
Show "Open Command Prompt"Show "Send To"Show "Copy to Folder..."Show "Move to Folder..."Show "Run as administrator"Show "Take ownership"Show "Search..."
Options:
Restore open Explorer windows when you restartDisable CD burning functions in Windows ExplorerRun Desktop and Explorer tasks as seperate processesRun each Explorer window as a seperate processAutomatically restart the shell if a shell error occursDisable the option to search the Internet when you open a file with unknown extension
Explorer items:
Display encrypted and compressed files and folders in a different colorDrive letter is displayed after disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk label for network driveDrive letter is not displayed!
Autoplay:

Disable autorun for:
Removable drives (Floppy, flash-drive, etc)Non-removable drives (hard disk, etc)Optical disk drives (CD, DVD, etc)Temporary memory disk (RAM-disk)Network drivesUnknown drive types
Command Prompt:
Enable advanced modeEnable delayed expansion of environmental variablesEnable quick editingFile names autocomplete hotkeyFolder names autocomplete hotkey
System Security:
Disable User Acount ControlSet all UAC options including advanced options only found in registry
Privacy Policy:
Wipe page file on computer shutdownClear the "Recent documents" list on logoffDo not create the "Recent Documents" listDo not store your logon password on the diskDisable hidden sharesDisable user trackingEnable encrypt/decrypt options in ExplorerDisable Faster User Switching
For anonymous users:
Access is allowed with the default settingsTransfer of accounts and SAM names is prohibitedAccess is denied if permits are not specified
Windows Defender:
Disable Windows DefenderDisable heuristic scanningDisable archive scansDisable removable media scansDisable e-mail scansDisable real-time protectionDisable real-time protection promptsDisable downloads checkupDisable executable files checkupDisable definition updates through alternate download locationsCheck for new signatures before scheduled scansDo not log unknown detectionsDo not log known good detections
Startup and Shutdown:
Disable Windows startup soundDisable parsing AUTOEXEC.BATDisplay information about previous logons during user logonDisable Ctrl-Alt-Del before logonRun logon scripts simultaneouslyOptimize system files placement on the diskSpecify time to wait before running Check Disk (chkdsK) in seconds
Event Logging:
Do not log any eventsLog standard events onlyLog all startup and shutdown events
Legal Notice:
Write any legal notice you want during startup of Microsoft Windows
Automatic login:
Use autologin and set credentials, including username, password, and domain
System:

OEM Info:

Configure Windows OEM attributes, such as the manufacturer's logo and support information that appears in the System Properties window.

This includes:
ManufacturerModelSupport URLWorking HoursPhone120x120 pixel logo
Application Start:
Disable "Program Compatibility Assistant"Disable "Program Compatibility Wizard"Disable running 16-bit applicationsRun 16-bit programs as a separate processAdd checkbox "Run in seperate memory space" for 16-bit applications
Error Handling:
Disable sound when errors occurAutomatic restart in case of a critical errorSend error reportsShow error notification in windowDon't save reports on your computerDon't send additional information in a reportDon't write error information into system log
If an error occurs:
Ask user consent to send a reportAutomatically include only basic information in the reportAutomatically include all but personal data in the reportAutomatically include all data in the report
Internet Explorer:

Interface:
Disable visual-styled controls in Internet Explorer pagesDisable page transitionsDisable Clear Type fontsDisable smooth scrollingDisable autoamtic updatesAlways show menusDo not show extended error messagesDo not show the welcome text for new opened tabsDo not show warning messages when closing tabsDo not send bug reports via the InternetAlways ask before downloading filesPlace the menu above the address bar
Behavior:
Let Internet Explorer decide how pop-ups should openAlways open pop-ups in a new windowAlways open pop-ups in a new tab
Specify how Internet Explorer displays a web page when it's launched from another program:
Opens in a new windowOpens in a new tab in the current windowOpens in the current tab or window
Connections
Speed up web browsing in IE by using more concurrent Internet connectionsIncludes anywhere from 1-20 connections (Default is 4)
Options:
Default file download directoryHome PageCaption string that is displayed after the page title
Microsoft Office:
Do not track document editing timeBlock updates from the Office Update SiteDisable Customer Experience Improvement programDisable error reportingDisable logging Microsoft Office activityDisable Office DiagnosticsDisable clipboard dialog boxPrevent Office Help from resizing the application window
Microsoft Word:
Do not check spelling as you typeDo not check grammar as you typeDo not use background printingDo not auto-save background printingDo not auto-save documents in the backgroundDo not use translucent selectionDo not check if MS Word is the default HTML editor
Microsoft Excel:
Show Formula bar in Full ViewCache spreadsheetsCache PivotTable reportsUndo steps: Set from 0 to 100
Software tweaks (The ones we can see so far)

Skype:
Disable file transferDisable loading language filesDisable publishing Skype status on the WebDisable Skype Public APIDisable checking for updatesDisable listening for TCP connectionsDisable UDP communications
Windows Media Player
Disable auto-updatesDisable automatic codec downloadsDisable Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM)Disable video smoothingDisable CD and DVD Media information retrievalDisable music file media information retrievalDisable media file sharingDisable script handling in media filesHide the "Privacy" tab in the settingsHide the "Security" tab in the settingsHide the "Network" tab in the settings
Adobe Reader:
Disable splash screenDisplay PDF in the browser windowDisable Purchase Acrobat item in the menu
Firefox:
Disable link prefetchingDo not reduce memory when minimizedDo not download favorite icons (favicons)Disable blinking elementsForce frames to be reesizableUse old style for opening tabsShow all images / Block all images / Load images from the requird site only and block images from othersClose Tab Button full range of optionsHow long Firefox waits for the web page data before it displays the page (From 0 to 1 sec)
System Information includes everything:
OverviewGeneralHardwareCPUMotherbaordMemory ModulesVideoStorageIO DevicesInput DevicesModemsNetwork AdaptersResourcesProblem DevicesOperating SystemProgramsNetworkApplication ErrorsDevice ManagerMemory UsagePerformance
Tasks show Applications, processes, services, and locked files. You can unlock locked files, change the status of services, end processes, and modify application data.

Auslogics Disk Explorer will show what folders are taking up the most space and allow you to delete empty folders on your system.

File Recovery allows you to undelete files.

Speed Up Internet includes:
Automatic tuningAuto HeuristicsDefault TTLGlobal Max TCP WindowMax MTUTCP Window SizeMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Simultaneous HTTP ConnectionsFirefox Max ConnectionsFirefix Max Connections Per Server
TCP/IP
1323 OptsACK FrequencyARP Cache LifeARP Cache Min Reference LifeARP Cache SizeAuto HeuristicsAuto TuningCongestion ControlDefault TTLDel ACK TicksDisable Task OffloadECN CapabilityEnable PMTU BH DetectEnable PMTU DiscoveryFin Wait DelayGlobal Max TCP Window SizeInitial RTTIPv6 over IPv4Keep Alive InternalKeep Alive TimeMax Connect RetriesMax Data RetransmissionsMax Dup ACKsMax MTUNum ConnectionsReceive-side ScalingSACK EnabledTCP Window SizeSYN Attack ProtectTimed Wait DelayUse RFC1122 Urgent Pointer
Winsock:
Default Receive WindowDefault Send WindowLarge Buffer SizeMedium Buffer SizeNon Blocking Send Special bufferingSmall Buffer SizeTransmit Worker
Workstation:
Request Buffer SizeUse Raw ReadUse Raw WriteUse Write Raw Data
Dns Cache:
Adapter Timeout TimeHash Table Bucket SizeHash Table SizeMax Entry TTL LimitMax SOA Entry TTL LimitNegative SOA TimeNegative TimeNet Failure Time
Internet Explorer:
DNS Cache EnabledDNS Cache TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Connections Per ServerReceive TimeoutServer Info TimeoutSocket Receive Buffer LengthSocket Send Buffer LengthTCP Autotuning
Firefox:
Disable IPv6DNS Cache EntriesDNS Cache ExpirationHTTP Connect TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax ConnectionsMax Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ProxyPipeliningPipelining Max RequestsPrefetch NextProxy PipeliningUse KeepAliveUsing Proxy KeepAlive
(Auto-optimization is based on Over 1Mbps / 1Mbps or lower (default that Windows assumes) / or 128kbps or lower)

The built-in System Advisor determines (THESE ARE JUST SOME):
Can the Internet connection be optimized?Is the registry fragmented?Can Windows shutdown be sped up?Can incorrect drivers be updated? (It updates them in Auslogics Device Manager)
Quick Tasks allow you to:
Erase browser historyErase Windows historyCleanupt emporary filesOptimize memory
Privacy allows you to shred files and wippe entire disks.

Let's check that one again:
Disk MaintenanceFree Up SpaceRemove DuplicatesExplore diskDisk cleanupDisk defragmentDisk repairSoftware ControlSystem TweaksService OptimizationDisaster RecoveryFile RecoveryRescue CenterRegistry MaintenanceRegistry RepairRegistry DefragmentSystem StatusSystem InformationSystem TasksSystem ServicesLocked FilesComputer PrivacyErase Computer HistoryShred FilesWipe disksSpeed Up InternetInternet OptimizationMemory Optimization
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Their previous freeware products have been used regularly by IT professionals, but this product includes absolutely everything. There is nothing missing in this program, and updates are absolutely frequent. It is the one application I would recommend to every member of Windows7Forums.com without hesitation. Even if you do not know what these settings mean, this program will optimize and repair your system without any doubt. Today, there are so many programs that "claim" to do this and do that. When we saw Auslogics offering a commercial solution I had to start offering it on my website after I saw what it could do. I had to make a video about it. I had to find a way to provide a discount to members.

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With the error message on the memory problem, I right-clicked My Computer,
went to Properties, Advanced tab, clicked the Settings button under the Start
up and Recovery section, and clicked the Edit button under the System startup
section, and Under [operating systems] replace the parameter /NoExecute=xxxxx
with just /Execute. Fixed it perfectly. Right click and DiVx work now. You
can try that, but back up the file first so if something else goes wrong you
don't have to re-install Windows. Good luck.

"MS" wrote:

Was running XP Pro with all the latest updates, on a Pentium 4 M, 2.0 gHz,
768 MB RAM. As I wasn't seeing SP2 on the Windows Update site, I downloaded
the Full SP2 pack (for IT Professionals). (As I have two computers, I
figured that way I wouldn't have to download it twice through Windows Update
either.) (Glad I have two computers. I'm writing now through the other one,
that didn't have SP2 installed. I cannot do anything now with the SP2
computer.) (With my dial-up connection, took a long time to download! One
full night and part of another.

The SP2 installation didn't give me any choices, no customization. On
executing the file, it went through to the end of the process, until the one
choice "do you want to re-boot now"?

First of all, a couple of minor gripes. An icon for Windows Media Player is
put in the Quick Launch bar and the Start Menu, without having consulted me.
I don't want an icon for it in the QL bar. I already have it in the Start
Menu, in a folder where I want it, I don't wish to have another icon for it.
Why is that done without asking the user?

The "Security Center" is also annoying. I don't mind it popping up at the
beginning, asking for your preferences. But that it later keeps popping up
with a warning, that "YOUR COMPUTER IS AT RISK!" CLICK ON THIS BALLOON TO
FIX IT", because I disabled "Automatic Updates" (I frequently manually
update), and because it doesn't recognize my virus scanner. (A good one,
Trend Micro, and I frequently update the virus signatures.)

I right-clicked on the Quick Launch icon for WMP, so that I could choose
delete, and delete the unwanted intruder in my QL bar. Well, rather than
seeing the context menu, I saw an hourglass, got an error message that said:

-------

Explorer.exe application error

The instruction of 0x02464156 referenced memory at 0x00000000. The memory
could not be written. (OK to terminate, Cancel to Debug)
------------
Well, whether I clicked on OK or Cancel, I then had to wait a very long time
with an hourglass, before I could do anything with the mouse again, before I
could try anything with the computer again. I went to the folder where the
Quick Launch shortcuts are kept. (They sure try to hide that--in the
"Internet Explorer" folder in Application Data". Why is it there? The Quick
Launch bar has nothing to do with IE.) I highlighted the WMP icon, and
pressed the delete key. Same result, same error message.

I was beginning to think it was a ploy by Microsoft to prevent anyone from
deleting that WMP icon. But I discovered that I would get the same result on
trying to do almost anything in Windows Explorer, including deleting files
from the Temp folder, etc. I also sometimes got a Dr. Watson error message
after that, I forget the wording.

I went to Control Panel and disabled the new Windows Firewall, thinking that
might be the source of the problem. I went to "services" under
"Administrative Tools", and changed any service that looked new and
suspicious to me to "Manual", instead of "Automatic". This included
disabling the Security Center. But no matter what I tried, including
rebooting in between, nothing solved the described problem.

Booting up is also MUCH slower than before, like molasses, although I have
all startup programs currently disabled, and turned off many of the
automatic services.

I am on the verge of uninstalling XP2. If I do so, I certainly hope it
reconfigures my system to how it was before the install. Anyone done that
yet?

Before I do so, if anyone can give me advice on how to fix the problem I am
having with SP2, please let me know. Something to change in configuration
somehow. Some Windows tweak? Registry change?

To those who have been successful in installing SP2, do you really find any
improvement in it? In what ways? Only security, the Windows Firewall, etc.?
Other improvements?

I thought this product was in Beta a long time. You think they would have
thoroughly tested it, and worked out all the bugs. It sure didn't work well
for me so far. (Perhaps they want to fix it more before putting it on
Windows Update. But why put out the final release for "IT Professionals",
who might install it for a whole company, and then find out it screwed up
many of the company's computers?

What's up with this SP2?

If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.