Possible easy fix
I was also experiencing difficulty connecting with Internet Explorer. Kaspersky Internet Security software was receiving updates (so I had an internet connection), but IE wouldn't load pages. I had turned off the firewall settings in XP, but it still kept showing that firewall was "on" in Windows Security Center.
The problem turned out to be with the Kaspersky Internet Security software bundled with Parallels. Turning off its firewall fixed my IE connection problems.
To do this:
(1) Click on the stylized "K" to the right on the windows taskbar (this should bring up the Kaspersky interface)
(2) Click on "settings" in the top right portion of the window
(3) Highlight "anti-hacker" in the left column under "Protection"
(4) Uncheck "enable firewall" in the pane on the right
(5) Click apply
I doubt that everyone's problem will be fixed by this, but hopefully it will prove helpful to someone.
By the way, I am using a Macbook Pro connecting via Airport.
Last edited: Dec 22, 2007