Review http://forums.techguy.org/t108404.html since it covers most of what we would chat about.
In closing, if you run a firewall, you'll have to uninstall it or seek help on how to configure it. With Windows ME, I have yet to find where it saved the day.
My bank wont give me access to my account. Ebay wont let me register and Microsoft online help wont let me register for assistance. All I get is the browser 'cant find server page'