Posted 23 May 2013 - 02:45
So, a few months ago, I got the brilliant idea to install a "free" VPN program off of CNET to use in conjunction with Utorrent, at the advice of an idiot co-employee (the only bigger idiot is myself, for doing it). I don't remember the name of it now, but needless to say, it was malware garbage. I sifted through endless fake "positive comments" and found a few other users who experienced the same problem as me. First, it had no uninstall. Second, since that time, no matter WHAT I do, my ability to properly connect to certain websites at normal speed - specifically Youtube, Netflix, Gmail, and Facebook are the worst - and also my connection speed to certain online games, has been compromised BADLY. I am on a fast cable connection through Comcast that works perfectly fine on our PS3 and any portable devices.
Here's where it gets confusing. I pretty quickly found the deselect "Automatically detect settings" under LAN options fix, and...it worked! Well, temporarily. Doing that fixes the problem, and allows me to login in to Facebook at full speed, or watch a youtube video with no problem, but within minutes, despite the fact that the "Automatically detect settings" option is deselected, the speed slowdown returns. I have tried every Malware program under the sun, used multiple different firewalls (finally settling on ZoneAlarm Pro), done endless Google searches, even did a "restore to default windows settings"...and even THAT didn't fix it. I'm at a total loss, and literally ready to just give up and buy a new computer (I'm using an I5 with Windows 8). However, I thought I'd try asking advice from people who may know a fix. Before this I thought that I knew a decent amount computers, but this one has me completely beaten. I realize that given the problems only on specific sites (news sites, ebay, and a few others work fine) it may be some sort of problem involving Port 80, but I don't have a clue what.