Zone Alarm installed. If you, un-install the version of Zone alarm you have. Use the Windows firewall temporarily until you download the latest version of Zone Alarm that has been fixed.
There was a conflict with Zone Alarm and Windows updates.
i, stupidly clicked on install updates on my xp machine- i briefly saw something about SP3- anyway it stopped and said something had to be closed, so i ok'd that and nothing else happened then, needing a working computer i rebooted it, using the button, and then it wanted to run an ando update wizard but that stopped seemingly forever too
the machine managed to load xp and the desktop but then firefox would not work and could not be found- reinstalled now so no probs there now
why the *** does stupid microsoft issue updates that screw up peoples computers?