IE8, Firefox, Opera hang maxing cpu; Chrome works

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capecodxp

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Hi,
IE8 hangs when trying to access any website, saying "Website found...". It then pegs the CPU at over 90% and stays there.
I can open IE in safe mode, but when I attempt to access any site the same thing happens.

New installations of Firefox and Opera just immediately peg the CPU at over 90% and don't even display a frame.

Chrome works fine.

I've been trying to find out what is going on for about 3 weeks and am stuck.

What I have tried:
Starting without addons (as above),
Resetting IE8 to defaults,
Disabling (in startup) all antivirus and firewall (avg free edition and windows firewall),
Clean boot (MS services only)
Full scans with avg, MalwareBytes, Kaspersky (nothing found)

Here's the sysinfo log:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (Microsoft Corporation), 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 190693 MB, Free - 164017 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0G0728
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Because chrome and nslookup work I don't believe it's a network or DNS issue. No proxies are set in IE8.
Windows Update is running and I'm beginning to suspect something was "updated", but I don't know how to pin down where exactly these browsers are sticking.

This is driving me crazy. There's probably some obvious thing I am missing but... I am missing it.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

TIA
 

HCD

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If Chrome works...it's telling us both that there is no problem with Internet connection. If on Vista or & install IE9. If XP remove IE8 and reinstall...more info.
 

capecodxp

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Thanks HCD. It's XP Pro SP3, so I can't (as I understand it) uninstall IE8 without going through the hassle of uninstalling SP3 first.

Since the same thing is happening with new installations of Firefox and Opera, I suspect it is not simply an IE8 issue.
 
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