Here is my other thread: http://windows7forums.com/windows-7-support/3792-irc-clients-windows-7-a.html#post17970 Noone's helping. From the absolute little amount of support from searching on the net about this problem, noone has a straight answer. I do not believe that every IRC server is down just so it can prevent me from using IRC. Highly unlikely. So, it is not that the servers are not online. And it's not that my ports are not forwarded. I've tried ports I have and haven't forwarded, has not made a difference. I have installed Microsoft Agents or whatever it is called, has not done a thing to fix the problem. Even my ubuntu virtual machine cannot connect to irc. Wtf I've had just about enough of it, so anyone who's willing to help just do it. Thanks P.s Still doesn't work when ALL firewall/ antivirus facilities are turned off. Code:ping irc.freenode.netand similar servers result in successful transmission. What the hell.