Originally Posted by huskerjp
Thanks to everyone for the comments. I spent an hour on the phone with AT&T the other day (my ISP) and they couldn't find anything wrong. Wolf, here is the info you asked me about:
Yes, I meant download. One of the possible solutions I came across was to download the newest version of Java. Could access the website but couldn't perform the download.
Yes, I do perform Windows updates. They come across automatically and I always do the updates.
I use a 2 Wire 2700 modem/router. The Gateway desktop I am having this problem with is hard wired into the modem and I also use a Dell laptop via wireless connection. I am having no problems with the laptop. I can access everything.
The problem actually seems to be getting worse by the day. The first day or so I was unable to access secured sites but then yesterday I couldn't get into my email account (although I could the previous day). I'm wondering if this is due to all the different things I've been trying? The Ask.com thing is really weird because I don't have that set up at all on my computer. What are you're thoughts about a system restore? I'm getting pretty frustrated with the whole ordeal and am ready to try anything. Thanks again.
a system restore is a good idea but its still unclear of the issue is OS related or network....
ok i would like you to do the next steps
first check for any add-ons for IS ( like yahoo tool bar) check add/remove programs and remove all extra applications ( like yahoo tool bar)
Also do you have any type of popup/av software?
If you do for now disable it, if its some types of norton you have to REMOVE it for it to stop trying to protect you
next step ensure all settings on IE are defaulted ( go to internet options>sec>set all zones to default)from there go to the advanced tab, and reset the advanced options
Test it....if it works good
if not move onto this
you will need to download a application called DR TCP/IP
once you have downloaded that, you will run it
select you network card, change the MTU to 1428
save and reboot