Cannot connect server error

  swiss$tony 12:47 27 Oct 2009

I have a problem where my pc will not connect to hotmail.I was using ie6 but have now upgraded to ie8. I can find the home page, enter my username and password click enter and without even thinking about things the pc shows a screen with cannot connect etc when I do, check the connection, all is well but still no connection.

This has been going on for some time but now I cannot log into my ebay account or even, bizzarely, follow a link from a school website to enrol my son for next year. I keep getting the same screen / message. I am sure somewhere deep in the system there is a box that needs unchecking but I'm blowed if I know where to look!

Strangely, I don't get the probmlem accessing the same sites using Safari

I am running XP Pro with sp3

I am at work now so won't be able to follow any advice till later this evening

Thanks in advance

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