Every time I try to use Internet Explorer, it stops at the "connecting..." stage and will not load the page (any page). Once this happens I cannot close IE, or minimize it, or do anything with it for that matter. Even bringing up the task manager and trying to End Task doesn't work.
I know the internet connection is fine because I have been using Firefox since this happened with no problems, and I play LOTRO with no problems.
The problem is definitely with IE, as nothing else causes this. I was using IE before and it worked fine, but all of a sudden it just started doing this. Don't know why.
I get this error in a separate window: