I have a XP pro station that uses dialup for external networking in a rural area. Recently I tried System mechanic 6 for a day and it really did a number on my system. I had to uninstall it manually and do a repair install of xp to get everything back. I didn't lose any data thankfully. The only thing not working is the browsers. The connection will dial up and I get an icon in the tray. It says connected in network places when I look at the dial up connection but the browsers cannot open any pages. I have tried with IE, Opera, Firefox, hotjava and Avante. all the same. When I use "ipconfig /all" I get a valid set of ips for my isp. I ping the DNS server and get giberish in the top line saying "pinging #$^% with etc,." instead of pinging X.X.X.X where x are the ip numbers I entered. I have looked through services to see what might be off that should be on but no luck. Finally I installed XP again in another folder as a multiboot and the new install works great. Networking is al should be. How can I fix the old install so I can remove the multiboot and go back to the way it aught to be? I feel like the answer is right in front of me and I am not seeing it.