Starting two days ago only my IE 9 (either 32 or 64 bit) will connect to my Time Warner cable internet. Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Skype, Live Mail, Messenger -- you name it -- open and try to connect or sign on but I get nothing, except the browsers do say "No Internet Connection" when clearly there is. Fortunately IE works or I'd really be sunk.
The only thing I recall doing is, I was trying to improve video play on IE because of an issue with some sites, and I stumbled accross "Enhanced IE 9" from Microsoft, figured it couldn't hurt, so installed it. Not sure if it's the culpret but noticed just minutes later that nothing else would connect.
Here's what's really strange: I still get all my news feeds through Live Mail but can't send or receive e-mail there, I can still see who's on or off Live Messenger when using Hotmail but can't sign onto Messenger, yet I can send and receive through Hotmail. Last night I tried to download a second virus scanner/killer, just in case mine had missed something, and no sites would let me, saying I was using a "proxy" to connect. I only faintly know what that is and never set one up intentionally. I can download regular items, however. IE seems to be working just fine otherwise. I can even sign in and out of my bank and all else. And otherwise I have always kept my laptop in the best condition, no junk, defragged, registry fine, etc., only one year old and no issues. Oh, I did try to retstore it to a day before "it" happened, and it said it couldn't. I have to be careful with "restores" because my Cubase recorder license (eLicense)can get messed up, and that's a whole other horror story to fix.
Please do help if you can. It's Father's Day and I have a load of family over in New Zealand who are trying to reach me via Skype and basically freaking out over this. Did IE hijack my connection or settings? I hope I've provided enough details but will gladly provide any other you might need. I've scanned, cleaned, looked for deleted files. Haven't found any issue. Microsoft scans can't either. The PC has been a fine charm, best I've ever used, until now.