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Cannot transfer data when connected to internet

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Pumpkinstew, Sep 22, 2004.

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  1. Pumpkinstew

    Pumpkinstew Thread Starter

    Sep 22, 2004
    I am running windows 98 and have recently come up against a problem
    that has me stumped.
    I use an ADSL external USB modem to connect to the internet and I
    can establish a connection ok but whenever I try to send or receive
    any data I receive the error message "Program has performed an
    illegal operation and will now close".

    This happens with a range of programs including explorer, outlook, AVG update and DrSpeedtouch. All of which have worked fine previously. (Note:I can look at old emails or saved .html files, but anything external causes a crash.)

    I have used antivirus and anti spyware software and even reinstalled
    98 over the top of my old OS. I have reinstalled the modem software.

    The modem works fine on another machine.

    I am using Zone Alarm firewall but I don't think this is the problem as I don't get the pop-up window advising me a program is trying to send/receive data.

    Is this a virus which has shutdown my com port, or do I need to
    change some settings in 98?

    Has anyone come up against something similar? Did you manage to
    solve it? Please help.

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    JSntgRvr Retired Moderator and Malware Specialist

    Jul 1, 2003
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