Question Lost internet ABILITY

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My internet ability is gone from my Win10 Dell desktop. I tried a brand new adapter but the internet ability is gone. Tried different ports and cables. One of the adapters lit up indicating it was working but they're not. Troubleshooters don't work. I did see something that said I needed to let Windows control my internet or something like that but I don't know how to change it. AVG antiviris was updated that day and found no issues.

I tried attaching a picture of the screen with all the different windows I've tried that might help but I need a place to host them.

Internet was working perfectly until I opened a PDF from a friend. A very good person. I say that because I don't believe the PDF was maliciously sent.

Please help.

Thank you,
Dan
 
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So I've run Deep Scans through AVG and and neither has found anything. I saw folks recommending malwarebytes - will it work if I download it to a working computer then transfer it via USB thumb drive?

Maybe it's not malware? What else should I be checking?

Thank you,
dan
 
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He sent me an old USB drive in the mail. He has no idea what happened and I completely believe him.

I really don't want to wipe the drive. It's used for a CNC and setup is really tough. Hopefully malwarebytes works
 

Wolfshadw

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Did you actually connect to your WiFi network (and provide the access code if necessary)? I'm looking at your image and under the Network Connections screen, it shows WiFi-4 as "Enabled". Shouldn't that say "Connected"?

-Wolf sends
 

mejustsayin

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did you try a power cycle on the router? pull the power plug for a 20 count then plug back in. If it does not help, try pulling the plug on both the modem and router for a 20 count. plug the modem and wait for it to reset. Then plug in the router.
 
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I have no ability to access the WiFi networks so I can't put in a password or select a network.

I ran windows Full Scan and it did find something:
View: https://imgur.com/a/cAGXKh7


Hopefully you can see the image (I get an error msg on my Android).

If not, it says it PUA:Win32/Conduit. I took the recommended action and then re-ran the Microsoft Defender Offline Scan and it didn't find anything (again). But, still no access to the internet.

There should be a second picture that says I need to talk to my IT dept. I have no IT dept, it's just me.

Thank you,
Dan
 
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did you try a power cycle on the router? pull the power plug for a 20 count then plug back in. If it does not help, try pulling the plug on both the modem and router for a 20 count. plug the modem and wait for it to reset. Then plug in the router.
Thank you but every other computer and phone sees the WiFi correctly.

Dan
 

mejustsayin

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I have no ability to access the WiFi networks so I can't put in a password or select a network.

I ran windows Full Scan and it did find something:
View: https://imgur.com/a/cAGXKh7


Hopefully you can see the image (I get an error msg on my Android).

If not, it says it PUA:Win32/Conduit. I took the recommended action and then re-ran the Microsoft Defender Offline Scan and it didn't find anything (again). But, still no access to the internet.

There should be a second picture that says I need to talk to my IT dept. I have no IT dept, it's just me.

Thank you,
Dan
It is adware and should not affect your wifi. see the following for help in getting rid of it

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-remove-conduit,news-18304.html
 

Wolfshadw

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Have you ever secured your WiFi router to only accept connections from a limited list of devices?
Have you ever limited your WiFi router to limit the number of connected devices/available IP Addresses/Static IPs? Have you added any recently (smart TV/New Cell phone or tablet)?

-Wolf sends
 
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mejustsayin, thank you. I'll look into the conduit link tomorrow.

Wolfshadow, the router is not locked down. It is something I could look into.

But, restarting the router will not help. The desktop shows no internet at all. I'm a normal computer when you click on the internet icon at the bottom of the screen you get a display across the right 1/3rd of the screen - even if there's no network in range. I no longer get that - I think that's shown in my first photos. I have multiple networks around.

When I click on the icon I get the mini display instead of the 1/3rd screen. I need to figure out how to get the full display back and get control of the adapter. I have a eero puck I could plug in to the desktop ethernet port but I'm afraid it would get locked up too.

Thank you,
Dan
 
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Is there a way to install malwarebytes on a computer without internet? I can download it to a usb drive on another computer but it needs internet access for the actual install.

Is there another method?

Thank you,
Dan
 

Wolfshadw

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Is there a way to install malwarebytes on a computer without internet? I can download it to a usb drive on another computer but it needs internet access for the actual install.

Is there another method?

Thank you,
Dan
Unfortunately, I don't think so. If I remember correctly, the first thing it tries to do is call home to get the latest malware definitions. There's certainly no harm in trying,
MalwareBytes home page

-Wolf sends
 
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