Go here and scroll down to step 4, reset the LAN.
Download and run the rkill.com utility.
SYSTEM: WINDOWS XP ON A DELL DIMENSION 4700 SERIES USING INTERNET EXPLORER.
PROBLEM: Get "INTERNET EXPLORER CANNOT DISPLAY THE WEBPAGE" when I try to sign on to Explorer.
RAN DIAGNOSTICS: Got this Message:
"WINDOWS CANNOT CONNECT TO THE INTERNET USING HTTP, HTTPS OR FTP. THIS IS PROBABLY CAUSED BY FIREWALL SETTINGS
CHECK THE FIREWALL SETTINGS FOR THE HTTP PORT (80), HTTPS PORT (443), AND FTP PORT (21)"
ACTION: I am not that knowledgable about firewalls, but I went to the firewall menu and the settings for HTTP, HTTPS and FTP appear to be just as they say above.
I have been running on the internet for a long time and have never seen this problem.
I have an old admin profile (which I quit using some time ago because of a problem not being able load Adobe Flashplayer down properly). The folks from Adobe said that the profile was 'infected', so I created a new profile which has been working fine up to now.
I CAN get on the internet and use Yahoo mail ( that's how I got here) using that old profile, but don't want to keep using it.)
Why would I suddenly get problems linking to the internet with the new file and not the old one.
I saw a post similiar to this on 5/10, but didn't see that the solution applied to me.
One last thing..the evening before I got the link failures, I started getting some messages saying my computer was infected. I ran SuperAntiSpyware and Avast. Super.. found some problems which it quaranteened. Avast found nothing and says my system is secure.
I know...I should not have linked to a site with which I wasn't familiar. That, as they say, is water over the dam. Now I have to fix the problem. I thank you for any help. Clay