The only other clues I know of are that I did recently have a malware infection on my laptop that I cleaned up with Microsoft Security Essentials and I also recently uninstalled Internet Explorer 8 and started using Firefox instead (I have an audio production program that was conflicting with IE8). I'm pretty sure, though, that I was not having this problem at first after switching to Firefox and after cleaning up that malware. I've also been getting an error message from time to time recently that the msls31.dll could not be found (which I understand to be associated with IE, so I figure that may have something to do with my uninstalling IE8), but I don't know if that has anything to do with this connection problem.
After the problem started last weekend, I did run the quick scan option with Auslogics Registry Cleaner, but that didn't solve this problem.
Thanks for any suggestions you may have. My internet access will be somewhat intermittent because I can only connect at coffeeshops right now (not from home), but I'll be checking for a reply at least once and usually more times per day. I appreciate your help,
Edited by ThereThere, 11 May 2010 - 06:48 PM.