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There is a few infections that specifically targets routers like your Linksys. One method attacks the router directly the other method uses your PC(s) that are attached to the router or use the wireless to attack the router. The results of the attack are the same as what you have described. How the attack is able to happen is due to the use of a weak password or default password used to access the router's administration page. To correct this issue, you need to be able to log into the router's administration console. Since the router is having problems to begin with we need to reset the router and disconnect the router from the DSL or cable modem preventing any attacks while we make the necessary changes. - First unplug the router from the modem. - Second unplug the power from both the router and the modem. - After 30 seconds of the router being powered off, reapply the power to the router, leaving the modem unpowered still. - On the back of the router find the reset button. This is a small hole in the back of the unit that will require a toothpick or pencil/pen to push. - Insert the pen/pencil, toothpick or paperclip into the hole pressing the button. Continue to hold the button down for 1 minuet. - The lights on the front of the router will flash then the factory defaults will be reloaded. NOTE that this step will wipe out all settings from the router including any infection. - Using Ethernet, physically connect a clean PC to the router. - To access the administration page of the router open a web browser. - The web browser will error out as it is not able to connect to the internet. - In the address space of the web browser, enter the following http://192.168.1.1 - You should be presented with the login for the router - The username is left blank the pass word is "admin" - After you are in to the router, go to the administration section of the console and first change the password to the router. I suggest using something that is not easily guessed as one method of infection uses a list of commonly used passwords to guess at the router login. I like to use the serial number form the router for the password. - Also while in the Administration section, make sure that the router is not remotely accessible for administration. This is another method of infiltration into your router. - Next we need to establish security for the wireless. - Go to the wireless section and enable security. I suggest using WPA/WPA2 for use with Wireless G connectivity otherwise you will have to use WEP. - If using WPA/WPA2 I suggest using TKIP+AES with a strong passphrase that will also not be easy to guess. - Save the wireless key somewhere so it can be put on wireless devices you allow access to your router. - Once the new password and wireless security is established, hook the modem back up to the router and the power back to the modem. It may take a few mins to come up but your router should be secured from the current exploits.
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If you can connect directly to your virgin Media Broadband and get internet then your laptop and broadband router is fine.
The wireless router appears not to have a DNS entry and you will need to add that manually.
I suggest that you connect directly to the Broadband modem, be sure you can get onto the internet. Once you have confirmed you can get onto the internet you need to get the dns information from your Broadband modem for later.
once connected directly to the broadband modem, click start>run> then type "CMD" then click open. you will get a prompt type the following and record the DNS Server ip addresses.
"ipconfig /all" then hit enter this will display your ipaddress information but mostly you need the DNS server ip addresses.
once you have recorded them rerun the install, but this time instead of at the end of the install where it shows the Wireless router information you can modify or change it and add the DNS server entries.
Also by default most wireless routers ip address is 192.168.1.1 and you can type that from a internet explorer and change it from there as well. I believe it's no ID or user name and the password is admin.
Are you trying to use wireless? If so, do you have poor signal? I would suggest browsing to your modems interface. Type gateway.2wire.net into your web browser. Click on the Homenetworking icon. Select wireless settings. Type in your system password. Increase the power of your wireless setting located towards the bottom of the page. You can even try changing the wireless channel. Save and then retry to connect. Make sure you are entering the network key correctly.
Your device is a combination Cabal Modem and Wireless Router with a fairly limited security screening profile. While it is doubtful that the problem is the OS on your notebook, it could easily be the wireless network card in your notebook that is the problem.
In this instance replacing the unit is probably the best way to go, as there are much better units available for much less money and in addition you will have full access to the configuration of the router and its security and connection settings.
To replace this device with one new device simply be certain to get a Cabal Router/Modem with Wireless Access.