Ok, earlier on I had a problem when I opened eMule, 'explained' here. After running a netstat -a, I had 10000+ open ports.
Now, after a restart, the number of open ports is much less, but Internet Exlorer will not load any pages. Mozilla Firebird loads them fine, IE doesn't do anything at all. it just sits there, pretends to load and does nowt.
Is it possible I have a worm/trojan from eMule?