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?