Checked there - all were unticked already.
What we need is tools > Internet options >connections Tab> Lan settings>
make sure that auto detect settings, use auto config script & use a proxy server are all unticked.
Click ok close Ie 7 then restart IE7
From what I've been reading it could be Zone Alarm 'left overs' again - possibly
I had set a restore point before I started the update - would it be best to try that, then completely delete ZA ? (I confess here I'd forgotten to get rid of it!)
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Thanks - seems as though we are going for the worlds longest thread !