about Proxy connections and http/https.
In this thread;
the user wasn't able to load http pages in IE7 but, unlike you, was able to see them load in Firefox.
She checked her IE Tools > Internet Options > Connections tab for any proxy connections and found her connections had been changed to proxy. She changed them back and IE started working properly again.
Apparently, as stated by Kees, another Moderator here, "https isn't cached by a proxy (to make it still safer), http is.". Now, I am not exactly sure what that means, but it seems to allow https pages to load, but not http.
Any chance this is the same problem with your browsers?
I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 (circa 2003) running XP Pro SP3. Since April 1 it has been so slow on http addresses that they time out before the page loads. I have the same problem regardless of browser (Netscape 9, Firefox 3 and IE 7)and regardless of the NIC (I have tried both wireless and wired). URLs with https work, as does my email using Outlook Express to my Roadrunner accounts.
Does this sound like a virus? or should I reset the IP stack?
Any help would be appreciated