How very fucking cute. I just spent half an hour debugging connectivity problems on my neighbours computer — she could access the (HTTP) login page in our network, and all other types of traffic, but any HTTP connection to the outside would just die without any explanation. I went through the usual routine of gutting Norton’s Internet Shit, to no avail, then went to diagnose network connections, which wasn’t exactly helped by the fact it’d crash every time I got near the network properties capplet (yay Vista).
I went into the safe mode (with networking) boot, where I could access the network properties, but the network did fuck all. Finally, thanks to her telling me (up front) that she installed MSN yesterday to be able to talk with someone, coupled with a ridiculous (and obviously unlabelled, that’s be too easy) popup after one reboot, stating:
The Family Safety service has been disabled. Please ask the adminitstrator of this computer to enable it. Until it’s enabled, you will not be able to browse the internet. [The fuck!?]
I was able to track it down to this brilliant MS service. I have no fucking clue what it’s supposed to do, but I know what does — kills your internet without any way to turn it back on. Thankfully you can uninstall that piece of crap, which of course restored law and order. Well fucking done, MS, that’s exactly how your non-technical users are best served. Twatmonkeys.