Links not connecting right

We just got a brand new dell inspiron with win 7 already on it. Increasingly in the last few months it has not connected with links on the internet that I click on. The url shows up in the bar at the bottom of the web page but after I click it says done but hasn't loaded the page. Usually this is not a problem because i can copy the shortcut and when I paste it in the taskbar it works fine. It does become a problem when I'm on a page like google docs and I cant copy the link by right clicking.
This is an incredible frusturating problem and it feels like there is a very easy fix. I've checked where I can but not much of the ev makes sense to me and same with the firewall list.
Any help is appreciated.

Your internet connection can be set up wrong, can you connect to Google, Yahoo! ? Did you try different browsers, Firefox, Opera, Chrome ?

I downloaded firefox and it works perfectly.
Thanks for the hep

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