I Challenge You!

Firstly, I run Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Now, the problem is that neither Firefox or Internet Explorer x32 would connect to teh interwebz. Internet Explorer x64 would run just fine; as would every other program that connects to the net. Also, Firefox and IE x32 would actually start every 3rd or 4th time. I did malware scans using Microsoft Defender, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, SUPERAntiSpyware and anti-virus scans running Panda and Microsoft Security Essentials; they all came back clean except for cookies. I also ran HiJackThis and found nothing out of the ordinary running.

Anyone want to take any guesses? It did end up getting fixed really quickly once I figured out what happened. It was all a matter of a single reboot.

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  1. #1 by Joshua on November 13, 2010 - 2:44 PM

    Windows TCP-IP library on the x64 side needed updating and caused problems until you rebooted?

    • #2 by Phillip on November 13, 2010 - 3:10 PM

      You’re really quite close to the problem. There was a file on the 32 bit side (how the hell SysWOW64 = x86 and System32 = x64 is intuitive is beyond me) that was corrupt.

      IE and FF, being 32 bit, were trying to use this file which would then go to Winsock. I ended up just getting rid of the file and resetting Winsock. So far, I’ve yet to have any adverse effects.

      • #3 by Joshua on November 14, 2010 - 6:53 AM

        It makes sense to me that SysWOW64 would be a 32 bit binary as SysWOW was 16-bit on 32 bit machines being that it enables execution of very old binaries on modern machines.

        But yeah. Winsock would’ve been my next guess. Very surprised that browsers use winsock for TCP. It’s really more useful for UDP although it does all of the IP-suite protocols.

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