After upgrading to Snow Leopard I can't use software update or firefox, and the internet is slow

I'm getting big problems. After installing Mac OS X Leopard from my usb, I had to since my disk drive stopped working, I had the following problems.  1) Firefox stopped working.  2) Software Update stopped working 3) Chrome runs really slow.  4) Safari stopped working 5) Even on Chrome I can't access any email, including; gmail; hotmail; yahoo; etc...  
When software update loads it says checking... but it stays at 10% for at least 1 hr.  I reinstalled SL once and it did something different, suddenly my wifi stopped working, and rapidly fluxtuated. 
What the heck is going on?

Yes LS needs a update to work with the changes in 10.6.8, so does Parallels.
Read my backup, bootable clones, troubleshooting, performance, wifi security and restore info/advice here

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