Open IE, then goto Tools > Internet Options, then the Connections tab. Find the "LAN Settings" button and click that. In the new dialog window are there any entries for Proxy Settings?
If so, remove all the options in that window and click OK/Apply/OK. I assume you do not normally connect to the internet using a Proxy Server.
Re-open IE and see if it connects to the internet.
Does that help?
I've got an HP laptop running Win 7 Home Premium. When I open IE all I get is "Internet Explorer cannot display the web page." I know it is connecting to the internet because it downloaded the updates. I downloaded AVG, Adaware SE and Spybot Search and Destroy on another computer. I put these files on a cd. I tried to install AVG and Spybot but they wouldn't install because they couldn't connect to the internet to get the necessary files to install. I've had this problem on friends computer some time ago but can't remember exactly what I did to fix it. I'm pretty sure it was some virus/hijacker or something similar. Anybody run across this before and have any idea how to solve it?