When I access any web page, the page 'locks' just before it is fully loaded and I cannot do anything other than wait. (Hve tried my modem in a different slot and also tried another modem but still no joy. Is it my ISP (they think its me)or is it my settings? Nothing has changed since before it started. I'm still on dial-up as I don't want to get broadband until I move house. Also, I'm on Win 98.
I had a similar problem recently and found that for some inexplicable reason some registry files were missing or corrupt. I've got Windows ME but I have disabled System Restore as I have found it totaly useless. I use a little programme called Ultra WinCleaner 2000 which has saved my life on several occasions.