internet issues

Win 7 pro laptop.  I can open up the internet with IE and it works fine but I cannot with Firefox.  When I enter an address it just blinks for a bit and does nothing.  Also all my spyware (malware bytes, spybot) and antivirus software (AVG) will not update.  Says it cannot get to the update server.
mkramer777Asked:
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Randy PooleCommented:
Firefox Options->Advanced-Network
Under Connections select the Settings button

What do you have selected for the proxy settings?
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pjamCommented:
Can you open Task manager?  If not good sign you have lost control.
Have someone with a clean computer make you a rescue disk or MS Windows Offline Defender to boot to
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
If you open a command window (type cmd.exe in the search when you click on the start ball then press enter) can you type in ping 8.8.8.8 and return - what are your results?  What if you type in nslookup google.com?
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mkramer777Author Commented:
I get a request time out when I ping 8.8.8.8  When I type nslookup I get a server address that shows up with an Ip and thten it says google.com with a bunch of addresses below it.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
That is good.  Try the ping with 129.98.51.154
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mkramer777Author Commented:
I get a request time out when I ping 129.98.51.154.  Also, under firefox the proxy says atuo detect
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