Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:50 PM
the situation has been resolved. no one replied to the dss scan post. another fix, turning off windows dep for internet explorer, logging on to gmail several times, turning dep back on for internet explorer, didn't work either. still couldn't log on to gmail. but in the process noticed that the 'double click to change security settings' icon at the bottom right center of the internet explorer frame had at some point been changed from 'internet' to 'trusted sites'. it was the only webpage of many i visit that was in this zone, so i just removed gmail from 'trusted sites' zone (double click the icon, go to trusted sites and remove gmail), logged on to gmail, and it opened with it being automatically reassigned to the 'internet' zone. been working fine ever since. don't ask me why, it just works.