Pernicious technical issue

Cousin Pete’s X61 Tablet — a nice ThinkPad he bought off my employee purchase plan discount a year ago — is acting wicked weird. I have an internet connection: verified with Ping. iTunes can browse the iTunes store. Outlook can send and receive mail. But neither FireFox nor Internet Explorer can open a website.

Maddening. I suspect either a recent Microsoft system update or Norton Antivirus is behind the glitch. Trying to deduce the issue — e.g. not performing an amputation when a band-aid is all that is needed — while trying to have a semblance of a Sunday afternoon. Pete brought over some ribs from his smoker, so that buys some time.

Update: It was Norton. So uninstalled that, swapped in free AVG. All is well.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

3 thoughts on “Pernicious technical issue”

  1. Look for software grabbing port 80 for itself. I’d also consider system restore to a knoen good point, then think about what was installed in the interim.

  2. Gotta love Norton. I suggest NOD32 by Eset. Low resource utilization, hyper-fast disk scanning, and top-rated in detection.

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