I completely understand the "don't mess with it if their trying to fix it" approach
. I just thought that ANY additional info would help.
But let me add a wrinkle: During my last bit of web surfing/troubleshooting using IE7, the inevitable happen, can't access any web pages after 10-15 minutes and, as usual, got the "Explorer can not display the requested page, blah, blah". I failed to notice before, on this very page, is an MS uitilty (xpnetdiag.exe, as it turns out) to diagnose your network connection. Clicked the link, small window pops up, ran it's course and displayed a message saying that "it' can't access HTTP, HTTPS or FTP and is probably casued by my firewall. It stated to check that HTTP port (80), HTTPS port (443) and FTP port (21) should be open (or something to those words).
Bear with me, almost there...I checked the settings on my firewall profile(Trend Micro PC-cillin). I use the default direct internet connection profile and found that those ports are not "checked" in the profile. But, before I changed anything I thought I would check my other computers first, both which use the same firewall and profile. The aforementioned ports are also NOT checked or open on those computers and they have no problems. So, now I'm really confused.
Could the windows message be referring to my router firewall settings? Admittedly, I don't know enough about ports to know which ones should be open, etc, but why would I be able to access the web at normal speed for a short time, then nothing, if these "required" ports weren't open in the first place?
Sorry so long, this one's got my brain scrambled...