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My computer is a compaq qnd I have windows xp,usually using internet explorer. My son asked me to download the latest windows live messenger today and ever since then I have had a nightmare trying to use the internet. I also upated spybot,but i think this is just coincidental. Everytime I try to open the internet,I get the message that the internet has a problem and needs to close,and everything shuts down. I have tried to do a system restore to yesterdays date,before all this happened,which was successful,bit I still cannot access the Internet.At the moment I am using safari,as luckily I had already got this installed.
Has anyone got any ideas as to what I can do?

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