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Browser anomolies

System specs:Compaq Presario notebook
AMD Turion 64 proc
1 gig ram
XP Pro, SP2 and all updates
Normally surf wirelessly with WPA encryption

Problem: I use Firefox as my default browser. For some strange reason, when I click a hyperlink, it goes to that page, then almost immediately goes back to the origal page. I originally had version 1.5 then upgraded to 2.0 hoping it would solve the problem. No go.

Now, I have the same problem with IE 7. Same problem.

This problem cropped up about 2 months ago, so I did a clean reinstall- all was well until late last week when this problem came up again. I did the clean reinstall after having the very same problem, and this notebook is about 1 1/2 yrs old. Seemed fine until the problem came back.

I've used Spybot Search and Destroy, AdAware, did an anti-virus scan with Computer Associate's eZTrust anti-virus program, I have eTrust Pest Patrol loaded and it's always running in the background. I tried hijack this, but, according to the instructions on what to find that may point to a problem, there was nothing. I also have ZoneAlarm Pro, and put the sites I normally go to in the trusted zone (haven't had to do this on my other computers).

My setup is the same on 2 other desktops, and 1 other laptop. The difference is, I don't have IE 7 loaded on the other computers. Could there be a connection 'tween IE 7 and this problem? Why would things be stable for 2 months, then this problem again?

I also noticed a problem using Explorer- I had the windows set to open in the same window, and the same thing would happen- I would click a folder, then it would immediately revert back to the original folder. I got a work around when I changed the view settings to open in a seperate window. Could there be a connection?

I've googled this problem to death, and the last fix was to change the MTU settings using a free program called Dr. TCP. Still no change.

I go to "safe sites" only- like gmail, google, my banking and credit card sites. I do regular scans for pests and virii. I'm loathe to to another reinstall if I don't have to; even on a laptop, it can be quite time consuming (reloading all the programs, etc.). Anyone else run into this problem? Thanks in advance.

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