OK, tech gurus, you seriously need to help me out here. I've been trying for over two hours now and this problem seems to be out of my class .
Here's the thing: A couple of days ago I noticed that my instant messenger couldn't connect to the internet anymore. I thought it was a server problem on their part, but now I checked some other programs that need connection and none is able to connect except Firefox (thank god for that). That means, no messenger, no Google Earth, no Internet Explorer, no daily virus updates and so on, so on...nothing works. I'd say something is blocking the ports these programs are using, but it's not the firewall.
I already tried the following:
- Deactivated/reinstalled firewall (both Windows and ZoneAlarm)
- reset all connection programs
- reset/reconfigured all the hardware (tried both WLAN and direct cable connection)
- used a system restore point
The result is always negative and I've run out of possible options. Has anyone ever encountered such a problem?
Is there a Windows setting I messed up...can it be the ISP blocking them...I don't have a clue.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.