Fresh load of windows xp will not load or windows update

Recently reloaded windows xp home sp3 onto my asus EEE 105hab netbook. I renamed the docs folder first to save pictures and such. After the reloading the os, I can used 99.9% of the internet just fine. The only site not usable is I have checked the hosts file, I have used net stop DNSCACHE, I have tried spyware removal; Spybot S&D, Malwarebytes, Norton AV all in vain. I have tried "winsock fix" and "dial a fix." It still doesn't work. Any suggestions?
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Not sure if you already did this but make sure that microsoft domains are not blocked in your browser settings:
For IE:
1) click Tools-Internet Options
2) click Privacy tab and then click Sites.
3) search managed sites for any URL with microsoft in it and delete if found.

computerupgradersAuthor Commented:
Mez, I have tried that, forgot to put it in my question. Thanks for the quick response though.
Is this a valid installation, or from a torrent or 3rd party utility that spoofs Microsoft serial numbers?
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Check Tools -> Internet Options -> Connections -> Lan Settings  and make sure the use proxy check box is empty (unless you are actually using a proxy).

Also check your network adaptors and make sure there isn't one set up that you don't recognize.
(I have only seen this once)
computerupgradersAuthor Commented:
It is a legitimate load, with a valid product key. There are no proxy setups, also there are no unknown network adapters. I have also tried new drivers for the adapters.
computerupgradersAuthor Commented:
I can also ping with no problems; IE, firefox, and chrome just "Cannot display the webpage."
The Conficker virus can cause this problem also and the last time I saw it, malwarebytes did not find it. There is a tool called KidoKiller that will clean it. Downoad and run the kk.exe from this site.

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computerupgradersAuthor Commented:
There were a multitude of replicating viruses in the users old documents, thanks for the help storm.
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