Yeah so ive been here for quite a while trying to fix this problem now... I used system restore, I reinstalled firefox, etc
It's pretty obvious that I have a working internet connection since ive been using it all week plus MSN instant messenger and Google Earth (which is what im using to post this) are both working
neither Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox are able to connect to the internet.
I even used this Google Earth browser to download Opera but that didnt connect either.
Last thing I remember doing before this started was installing an update for Firefox, but even then why would that affect IE?
Oh, it might also be worth mentioning that IE apparently works in Safe Mode... so it must be a service or process running in the background that's causing this? But there are so many and idk what they all do...
Hrm....sounds like proxy configuration. In IE, go to Tools/Internet Options/Connections and click on the LAN Settings button. Everything in this window should be unchecked. If that's not it, then I got no idea.
"I could drown the pain, and drink upon commuter trains, and here you stand in eastern standard time" - Mike Doughty
As discussed here http://the-w.com/thread.php/id=26527 , you could download OpenOffice.Org. It will allow you to open and save to both Word Files and PDF files. The bad part is that OpenOffice.org is about 60 MB to download.