Its a problem that has persisted for some time, over different internet networks (From China to the UK).
What has happened, is that several programs, such as 'Steam' don't seem to be able to connect to the internet, while everything else can.
I have disabled Windows firewall, and the wireless network I use does not have a proxy server of any kind.
I do remember seeing at one point that the error may have something to do with ''the socket is closed' or something.
Is there a way to reset all the configurations I may have made in the past to do with letting programs use the internet, etc etc. I have already exhausted many options, and all I think will work now is a general setting reset, but I'm not sure how to do it, unless anyone does have an alternative option.
Here are some of the errors I get:
'Steam.exe (main exception): To run Steam, you must first connect to the Internet'
When steam stopped working, I decided after futile efforts to make it work, to reinstall it completely. However once I had uninstalled it, when I attempted to use the installer, it gave the above error.
So pretty much my questions are:
1) What is the most likely cause of the problem
2) How do I fix it
3) How can I completely reset everything if the above two fail.