internet explorer is not connecting to the internet

On win 7 32 bit, neither i.e8 nor i.e 9 can connect to the internet (reinstalling/rebooting didn’t change anything). No messages in comodo, no messages in the event log just the connecting message in i.e. Wireshark doesn’t report any tcp traffic. No problems with firefox, chrome, thunderbird, telnet, or even windows live mail. Any ideas.

Does IE connect to the net when you disable the forewall? Is yes, check the Network Security Policy and see if there is an entry for IE. If not, then the issue is with Windows or IE.