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Unable to LINK

I do not know if I did something or not but am unable to think of what I might have done.
I received an e-mail with a link. I clicked on the link with no results. I tried to check for an update on a utility with no results. I tried to check for an update on Microsoft's Outlook and received the error msg "This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator". I am the administrator and no one else use this computer.
Can any tell me if I accidentally set something? I'm confused.

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Additional Info

In reply to: Unable to LINK

It appears to be a local problem. I can link when on the Internet but not with any installed programs. Thunderbird updates, Microsoft Outlook does NOT, Documents To Go does NOT. It has to be some local setting that inadvertently got changed. I am unable to figure it out.

All suggestions appreciated.

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FIXED

In reply to: Additional Info

I have no idea what happened. I use the advice from a Microsoft help site but that did nothing for me. I did a system backup from two days ago, deleted Thunderbird, installed Thunderbird and it appears that all is well once again.

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