Windows 7 “no internet access” false message

We lost the count of discussions initiated through this blog, every time there was another “reason” for this false message with Windows 7. After using Windows 7 more than couple of years time, recently we noticed this false message being an annoyance once again with few of the dell desktop machines we started using at work.

Loads of googling around brought us to a topic which discussed about AVG blocking Windows network awareness service and further dwelling into the topic proved that, any Anti-virus with a built-in firewall capability could indirectly affect the above said service, thus causing “no Internet access” false message. At work we use symantec endpoint as corporate solution and Avast Internet security suite with few client systems which are dominantly used for Oracle development.

Somehow, Symantec end point suite always disliked Oracle forms developer suite(s) and we were forced to switch to Avast suite for those users who are into Oracle development.

Back to the topic, following a tip obtained from google search, we did the following

Avast -> settings -> Troubleshooting-> and checked “load avast services only after loading other services” and bingo! no more false messages, no more yellow triangle with network connection icon.

Internet access over PPTP VPN connection

A PPTP dialup VPN connection by default restricts access to internet. This may cause issues while the connected user wants to access internet while connected to internal network @ work. Domain member computers with proper firewall clients installed will allow the users to access through the firewall, however the user will notice the slowness immediately.

Here is a work around to deal with this situation. Please follow the navigation as follows and make changes to your PPTP dialup connection properties:

Navigation: Right click the VPN connection->Networking tab->Internet Protocol->Advanced
Under IP settings tab, uncheck “Use default gateway on remote desktop” selection box.

Users with ISA/TMG client installed must exit the firewall client prior making the VPN connection! in order to enjoy the native internet connection bandwidth.

Now try to connect to your PPTP VPN network and you should able to browse using your internet connection while you are connected the VPN network with full throttle.