Can the IT Gurus of the SDope tell me if there is a virus (or, worm, trojan, etc) they know of that can make your PC believe it has no internet? I have done everything possible, and I am certain this is some false error. Yet, I cannot connect the PC in question to the internet nor can I send/receive emails. If it matters, I can say my PC has done this, off and on, for at least the past year; however, it always corrects itself. Self-correction can come by waiting maybe 20 minutes or re-booting. This time, nothing is helping.
If it not a virus, etc., what else could it be? What else should I be checking to correct this (hopefully for good!)? Is there a way I can “ping” the internet connection or otherwise test the handshake? (Of course, please consider that even a self-diagnosis may be fooled or blocked by whatever is causing this error.) Last, if you recommend something, should I boot up in safe mode? BTW, I am running Windows 10. I am using Firefox, and I have the same problem trying IE. If you need to know specific version nos., I’ll have to get back to you and post a reply here.