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IE: First connection to the Interent is slow, then is okay

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About 10 days ago I did a massive update on my computer.  All Windows updates, SP3 for XP, and NOD32 all pretty much at once.  Since then, connecting to the Internet is slow (about 10-12 seconds slow) when first connecting.  For example in IE, IE starts right away, but loading the 1st web site takes 10-12 seconds before it tries to connect.  After that, other web sites are fast to load.  If I close IE, then it starts over again being slow.  Firefox used to start within 1 second.  Now it takes 10-12 seconds to start.  I have found that ANY program that needs a connection to the outside (FeedDemon, FileZilla, Outlook) all have the same pause before they can connect.

I have VMWare installed to test my development installs.  If I fire up a virtual machine of Windows XP then the connections in it are fast so I know it is not hardware related to my computer or something external like the router.  Some setting somewhere is making any initial connection to the Internet slow.

Computer:  Windows XP with SP3.  I have run Ad-Aware, and SuperAntiSpyware to check for stuff with no results.  I have uninstalled NOD32 and it still happens.

Any help to getting this solved would be greatly appreciated!
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