Did I miss the latest virus/patch report from Microsoft?? Something really funky is going on and I haven't been able to solve it yet... Here's the deal.
My home network =
2 WinXP machines (Patches up to date, 'personal' pc's)
1 Win2000 machine (Work laptop, includes personal firewall)
1 SuSE machine
They symptoms are this...
1. All machines can browse the majority of world wide web sites; fireblades.org for example.
2. Win2000 and SuSE can browse to microsoft.com, hotmail.com, mcafee.com
3. WinXP machines can NOT
browse to microsoft.com, hotmail.com, mcafee.com
4. Tracing the connections through my firewall, I see packets communicating to and from 207.x.x.x/8 (microsoft.com) but the difference is the length of the packets are different. The Win2000 machine has some larger packets (len=500-1200ish) return but the WinXP machines only have Len=40-48ish packets coming back.
I'm extremely puzzled... Although my XP copies are legit (came with purchased laptops) I have never registered them. Is it possible they are now blocking unregistered copies???
I have also scanned them with for as many of the latest viruses as possible. However, I do not have a scanner tool to check for W32.Korgo or W32.netsup.
I'm completely stumped and I really don't want to pull out ethereal and try to sniff every packet for a comparison! That'd be a biatch.
FYI, this happens with both FireFox and IE - however, everything was working fine 2 days ago!
PLEASE, lets hear some suggestions. I don't even know where to start looking for valid MS help.