I cannot connect to any search pages... If I try to connect to excite, google, or hotbot I get an error saying "Cannot connect to page..." If I try to search from Yahoo.com, I get an error saying "Cannot connect to search.yahoo.com"
I suspect that something has hijacked my dns entries and is redirecting or blocking my search requests. This just started happening a few days ago.
I am not using a firewall and have searched (with no effect) using Ad-Aware. Oh, sometimes a page called "Mypage.com" pops up... I suspect this is the problem, but since i can't search for a fix, I am stuck. It happens with both Mozilla and IE.
Do a search in your windows folder for the hosts and lmhosts files. Open them up and see if yahoo.com and all the others have been redirected to a single IP address. There is a worm going around that has been doing this.
You can remove all the entries, and then you can also go into TCP/IP settings and turn off the hosts lookup.