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Intermittent internet connectivity

Have an Acer Aspire laptop with 64 bit Windows Vista connected wirelessly to Verizon router. Up until Nov 26, it has worked fine - no problems. Did a Microsoft upgrade Nov 26 and it went into a do loop on the install for several hours (overnight). I reloaded all the software from the harddrive (I beleive including wireless adapter software). Now I get intermittent internet connection, it keeps intercepting a neighbor's unsecured signal and not accepting my router's signal (it is security enabled. I keep trying to reset it to my router's signal and it goes back to my neighbor's signal which weak to poor. I have contacted Verizon but have not heard from them yet. Since thanksgiving day this has been going on.

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