Internet Explorer Browser and Yahoo Messenger not working in Windows XP although Firefox is working fine

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I need to use Yahoo Messenger which runs via IE, I am not able to use YM because my Internet explorer is not able to browse.  I don't have any Firewalls running at all.  I have updated IE and nothing works.  I have also tried to Restore my computer to a previous date and for some reason it won't do it, "but that's another issue"  Any solutions?  I know there is a way to make Firefox the default browser of YM in Windows Vista, but is there anyway to get FF to be the default browser for YM in Windows XP?
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Do you have any proxy settings in IE?
Tools -> Internet Options -> Connections -> LAN Settings?

You can make firefox your default browser, but if YM is using proxy settings from IE, then it will make no difference.
I take it by browsing you mean your not ble to perform a search such as for a site in Yahoo? If this is the case, I just had an issue on Friday with a PC that had the same issue, but with google. You could type a web address in manually and get to it, you just could not perform a search. It ended up being Malware/Spyware related.

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