I have a problem with search engine websites. For the past 3 years, I could always access Yahoo and Lycos. But, about 3 days ago, I noticed that I could not get Lycos (time out error), and for Yahoo, I can get their page, but when I submit a search criteria, the operation times out. Also, in Yahoo, when I click on the "advanced" search options and/or the "preferences" search options, I get the time out screen (which seems ridiculous). I am able to click on other links in yahoo, like mail, personals, shopping, etc. I have windows XP, on a pentium 4 system, Dell, using microsoft internet explorer 6. I have noticed that when I surf for lycos, in the task window at the bottom of the screen, it says something about starting a java applet. About a week ago, I re-installed/installed Java, because I could not play some games on the MSN gaming website (text twist). It was something to do with the virtual machine? Please let me know if you have any suggestions.