OK, so I have a rather unique problem with my PC. If I leave it running for a while (I have not yet determined how long, but more than a few minutes) I lose my ability to connect to the internet from programs not already connected. That is to say, a new connection cannot be made, but existing ones are intact. Aim is running fine, but if I try to load Firefox, it can’t find any site. I was playing City of Heroes for a while, and I never got disconnected, but when I quit and tried to load Firefox…no connection. I log off and on, and that does not solve the problem. Only a restart solves it, and only for a short while. I think it’s my firewall (Zone Alarm.) If I turn it off, I can get a connection. (I only turned it off for a few seconds to verify this.)
I don’t understand. I’ve had this configuration for months, and up until this morning, everything worked fine. I have not made any changes to my system at all since last night.
I scanned for Spyware with both MS Spyware Blocker and Spybot, and had nothing. No viruses as reported by AVG. Currently, I have Zone Alarm firewall turned off, and have Microsoft Firewall turned on.
Any suggestions? I think I might just uninstall Zone Alarm and reinstall, but if there’s some kind of “reset” option for it, that would be easier. I couldn’t find one. I put it back to default settings, but I’m looking for an option that will reset what programs can and can’t use the internet.