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Some websites and webapps not working in Vista business

I've upgraded to Vista at work. Some websites are not loading in Mozilla Firefox but are fine in IE7. I keep getting a "problem loading page" message saying that "the connection has been reset." For example, and will not work, while and do! Also, programs like AIM and Gaim will not connect for my AIM and Google Chat screen names. I've been told we have a proxy but no filtering software. It can't be a firewall issue [using Windows firewall and defender] because I'm not getting firewall messages--even disabling firewall did not work. I've cleared my cache, cookies and DNS error cache. Will using Firefox and Gaim in XP mode help?

Please help, it's driving me nuts and slowing me down--I'm even thinking of going back to XP after backing everything up...but really do not want to waste time at work doing that.

Thanks in advance!

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