Internet Connection constantly says "Please connect to the internet to use Google Sync"..I am connected?

I have this machine that is connected to the internet. I can browse with FireFox with no problems whatsoever. I have several applications that give me a similar error. It says that they cannot connect. Currently I have attempted updating my Google calendar sync, McAfee and IE8 none of them will work. In fact IE8 gives me a "Page Not displayed." Has anyone seen this or would know what to look for. Consequently I have uninstalled and reinstalled McAfee by the disk and found no viruses.  Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Remember FireFox allows me access to any thing browsing downloads etc.
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modcomCommented:
Go into your internet option and verify that your connection settings haven't been changed to a proxy server. I would also suggest running Malware and Antivirus scans to see if there are malicious programs blocking your access
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
You were right man thanks. Could an application have set that. I do not recall ever going into Options Connections and LAN settings to do that. That is weird.
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modcomCommented:
Malware will change the proxy server settings to stop you from running Anti Virus and Malware cleaners. You should really scan your computer.

Glad I could help you.
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
I wondered what that darn speed test AV product popped up. I thought it was McAfee. Apparently it was not.Thank you again.
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