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I made the mistake of installing AOL's parental controls (on my kids' computer tonight.  After installing it I realized it was complete garbage and had taken that computer locking down all web connectivity like a firewall lockdown.  I tried a conventional uninstall via the control panel but the software refused to be uninstalled (I tried doing it logged in as the administrator account and in safe mode too).  I finally thew up my hands and deleted all the files and registry references I could find which allowed me to remove it from the add/remove panel, but this still didn't remove it.

I reinstalled xp as a repair...I still cannot load any web page on any browser.  I can ping yahoo.com from the command prompt.  I can access network folders on other computers on my LAN, etc, but no HTTP traffic.

It is like I have a firewall installed locking down any web traffic.  Any suggestions before I wipe the drive and do a full reinstall?
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Also, maybe you can find one of those AOL free trial CDs and install that and then restore your settings and then uninstall it again.
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I tried all four of the tools linked above--no joy.  I guess I'm going to have to wipe the drive completely.  
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Did you try getting the AOL free trial CD?
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I don't have any aol CDs.  I have a 9mbps cable connection, so no need to have them.  I reinstalled the OS, which of course did the trick.
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Wow! Reinstalling your OS seemed easier than I thought. Most people go crazy over the thought of doing that. Well, I'm glad you solved your problem.
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