Somewhere I thought I read where you were using IE.
If that was the case the configuration pages are under Tools/Internet Options and there are 6 tabs. Some but not all have buttons to reset to default settings. I just thought perhaps one of yours has been altered and that might be what is blocking you from successful browsing.
Check in particular - Security and the Advanced tabs.
I dont know if Google has a vertical bookmarks/favorites option.
I was born in Great Falls, Mt. My parents moved when I was 5. I found them when I was 10 - they were in California.
I do have IE and under Internet Options the settings are the same on both computers but 1 computer does not allow me access under IE/MSN whereas Chrome does. I am satisfied enough with Chrome that I will install it on the second computer.
Chrome allowed me to use MSN as my browser and transferred all my favorites. Chrome, from what I can tell, does not allow favorites as a side bar but just under the browser in a link called: "Imported from IE". A click on it brings up my favorites link.
Under Internet Options/Security I have those 2 sites added as "Trusted Sites"
Thanks for your continued input.
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