i have to type in the http:// before the www. whatever.com to get to a site

xp Pro SP2 IE 6 all upgrades done.  i cannot go to a site unless i type in http:// in front of the address.  i have already done all of the things like make the reg changes, set all options back to default, do scf /scannow and do the re-install IE.  nothing works.  what now?
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Might be a spyware issue, try if a scan fixes it.
start-settings-control panel- internet options - advanced, in the options list, +=check - = unchecked
- - + - + - - + - - - + - - + - + + - - +
underline 1st dot - continuing -
- - - + - - - + + + + + + + - + +
Printing -
Search -2nd dot
Secuirty -
+ - - - - + + + + - + + +

Same screen content tab, enable auto complete, check web addresses (this is crucial), user name, prompt. then OK, apply, then OK on final screen.  That does the setup to add the http:// in the prefix.
gooberpeaAuthor Commented:
Sorry all, this seemed to be related to another issue concerning downloading the latest MS Updates and also the latest drivers/software from HP.  Seems there is a conflict which is documented and resolved by a registry change.  Below is what we did and many thanks goes to B-M-C for helping us with this issue

It's a conflict between a recent Windows Update and HP printer or scanner software.

See http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=918165 for explanation and fix

Or do this (which is a quick way of doing what MS suggest):
Copy the following to the clipboard (it's all one line even if wrapped in your browser - paste into notepad and remove line breaks if necessary, and copy again)
Click Start, run
Paste into the dialogue box and hit return.

==Copy below here==
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Cached" /v "{A4DF5659-0801-4A60-9607-1C48695EFDA9} {000214E6-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} 0x401" /t REG_DWORD /d 1
=Copy above here==
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