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My internet is fine. I can connect to anything through firefox, but MSN Messenger and IE (IE8) are unable to connect to anything. It's as if I don't have internet when I use them. Why might this be?

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Maybe you have a proxy setting applied for IE and MSN but not for Firefox? Or maybe a firewall setting?

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no firewall, no proxies – thomas2 May 7 '10 at 22:53
not even windows firewall? – rzlines May 7 '10 at 23:09

I have seen occasions where IE has special settings that keep it from finding the internet. One place to look is Tools -> Internet Options -> Connections tab. Check everything there. Although I have no knowledge of it, it would seem likely to me that MSN uses IE's connection settings.

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