I'm using Win 8.1. Been having problems every now and then but have been able to figure them out. This one is not getting resolved easily, however. I am having a problem accessing the internet outside of the browser that I utilize. Internet works fine in Waterfox and Chrome, but not in IE. Plus, the programs installed on my computer don't seem to be able to access the internet either, I.e. I cannot update Malwarebytes, Dropbox can't seem to connect, uTorrent doesn't seem to be able to get through either. When I run the Windows Network Diagnostics, I'm getting an error "Windows could not automatically detect this network's proxy settings". I have tried all possible solutions mentioned on the Microsoft forums which seem to have worked for others, but nothing has worked yet. The only thing I seem to have discovered is that if I run safe mode with networking, the problem isn't there; I was able to update Malwarebytes with no issues. I am connected via WiFi, previously I had no issues; they just popped up a couple of days ago. I have tried the 'netsh' commands often mentioned in relation to this; automatically detect proxy settings in Internet Options is most certainly enabled (and has always been); System File Checker has not had any success. Sorry for the long post. So what should I do? I am considering refreshing Win 8.1 even though updating Office, etc again will take a massive chunk out of my limited bandwidth, so I would rather use that as a last resort. I've run scans with Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and come up with zilch. Suggestions?