JabbaPappa, just a heads up.
The last vestige of my probs was the inability to visit certain sites.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/com ... opten.mspx
The above page contains info on a Hosts Files fixer.............winsockxpfix
which did the job.
I'm letting you know in case it could be useful to you when another needs your help.
With your patience I am now enjoying my minute in the sun.