Have tried earlier drive backups, and the problem is not there.
So- I feel that using my Aol (its all I know...!!) somehow and somewhere I currently have IE as an HTML window which blocks Adobe Reader until it has delivered these cautions, which it does on my homespun website.
On the web it stops at the IE stage and leaves no prompts to continue. PDFs won't open. Other web browsing goes ahead as normal.
Is there an opportunity somehere to make IE stay out while Aol does its thing?
Exactly what? - I was thinking perhaps your Security settings in IE were set too high. In any case, is this current problem something new? Maybe a System Restore back to when you could download PDF's from a web-link.
I have to go out in 5 mins, but since the defect seemed to have invaded the current restored drive, AFTRE I had copied a couple of folders from the previous AOL to the resurrected but older backup, I reasoned it had to be the way IE and Aol work with each other.
I downloaded "One click fix" and though it whizzed by very quickly it seems to have done the trick.
Will leave this and tick it tomorrow if all is well. Meanwhile thanks for all your posts. I believe airing a problem may not provide a snappy answer, but it can set the mind in the right direction