1: Go to Start
View Network Connections (It’s on the left sidebar)
Right-Click on connection
One of the tabs has the option of a firewall in it, uncheck it.
Hit okay, and you’re done.
2: I have no clue.
Thanks for the info people!! And DS was right, there’s always something you forget. I had backed up my bookmarks n stuff , but I guess it fell on a cd I had to scrap (didn’t work) and I forgot to burn it again.