My computer is a Dell Dimension 4600 with 3GHz, 512MB, and a 10/100 network card. I'm currently in Jakarta Indonesia using satellite internet. It goes through this box-like receiver, then to a modem, then to the computer. Regardless, I think its a software problem. Here's what happens: Only certain websites work. I don't know which websites work, and which dont. So far I've found out that msn.com, yahoo.com, microsoft.com, macromedia.com, adobe.com, and google.com work. Nothing else I've tried works. Instead, I get the "this page cannot be displayed" message. However, this applies only to my desktop computer. My laptop, which is also runs WinXP SP2, can open any website without any problems. I should mention that my desktop USED TO work just fine. It is only recently that this problem has occured. I did have a technician come and use the computer for a brief amount of time. He may have changed some settings. Does anyone know what would cause this type of behavior? I pinged yahoo and got a response, but www.dell.com (for example) got no response. So I don't think it's a problem with IE. I havent heard of any hijackers that would behave like this either. I have all the latest anti-spyware and antivirus programs. The hosts file only contains 127.0.0.1 localhost. I do not have a firewall on. I tried running a registry cleaner already and it still doesn't work. Any ideas?