Need Help Uninstalling Corrupt Network Adaptor Drivers

I would like to start by stating that I am very much unfamilar with the more technical side of computers. However, my desktop is having some trouble and I am hoping that someone here can help me, or provide more information.

Last evening, while I was browsing the internet, I lost the connection. The USB network adaptor is brand new so I knew that was not the problem. I ran the Malwarebytes Anti-Maleware full system scan, and also the Piriform C Cleaner scanner.

I then checked the device manager and I found little yellow circles with exclamation points beside every network adapter driver. I tried to uninstall the drivers but when I did, a box popped up with the message "Failed to uninstall the device. The device may be required to boot up the computer."

I then tried to put in the disc to reinstall a non corrupt version of the driver, but my computer did not seem to recognize the installation attempt.

I have Microsoft Windows XP, Home Edition, 2002 Version, Service pack 3.

The following are photos that I took of my screen, and photos of the brand new USB network adapter that I am currently using. It was installed in April.

Thank you to anyone who reads this or is able to help. I appreciate it, greatly!


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Start REGEDIT.EXE and scan for the name of the network adapter as it
shows up in the Device Manager. You will find an entry in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet for it. Delete the branch.

above quoted from here:

does your pc boot to a wired connection?

have you tried to repair the connection by right clicking on your network connection, wired or wireless, and choosing repair?

have you tried a system restore to a point before this happened??


side note: Malwarebytes has a new version for the free version yours is outdated.
I don't know if this might be a useful addition to Elizabeth's excellent response, but I have found, for reasons I don't understand, that if I update my networking drivers, networking, ie, net access, doesn't work.

The last time I accidentally did this, I reinstalled from the hardware disk that came with my machine, in my case, Asus. But you may not have that.