I had this happen albeit with XP and no error message just the links would not work.The day prior to this I had had a warning a site wa trying to change my home page which I blocked .However although my home page remained the same simply resetting it gain myself fixed the \prob
Thanks for all your help so far. Unfortunately my laptop has crashed today & I've been unable to start it to try these suggestions out, but I do thank you for them &hopefully once I bring my laptop back from the dead, I can try it.
I will open a new thread on the crashing as I've no idea what to do. Would love your help! Am using my hubbys pc now ;) thanks so much :)