It seems as though it might be something to do with Norton, because if I turn of Internet Security all seems fine on my PC. I thought everything was fine on my laptop as it did download, but then I discovered that the anti-virus checker wasn't actually working (despite all the boxes being ticked). Now I did do a Norton upgrade last night, on both computers just before closing down for the night. So....
Having spent most of the morning trying to sort out the problem, hubby popped round to our neighbour (who runs a small computer business as his second job). The 'good' news - he's also having problems, the same kind of problems. No, he hasn't got Norton, but he has in the last couple of days done a Windows XP update, which - guess what - so have I. So......
Hopefully, he'll have time to pop round before he goes off to another job, just to see what he can suggest (if anything). Until then I don't think I'll turn Norton off and download, as despite having a Firewall on our network modem, which is very powerful and would catch any attacks, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Why today? Just when I thought I might even get caught up on email and beta'ing? Oh, well I can do some emails that are sitting in my in-box, I can do my beta'ing - I just can't send anything (email won't send either).
Anyone else with XP and Norton, or just, XP having problems? Having just done updates during the last couple of days?
So I am alive, frustrated, but alive.
maubast CB flew in safely today - thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading it.