Gee, thanks for all the input. It really helped.
Any clue as to why Firefox connection is refused??
First of all, had a bit of a computer emergency after uninstalling some anti-virus software. Second, I think I had a boot sector virus. However, have resolved that . BUT now, IE 6.0 won't open...gives me the "cannot find server" page. Netscape works, other internet apps work...downloaded Firefox but it tells me "connection was refused".
I did a winsock repair, found no problems.
I have done the connection check under "tools". (LAN connection)