1) Go to Tools (either a menu or a gear-looking drop-down depending on the version of IE)
2) Internet Options...
3) Connections Tab
4) LAN Settings
Under proxy settings, if the box "Use a proxy server for your LAN" is marked, and you don't know it should be, try unchecking it and restarting IE. This is a common thing for some redirecting viruses to change. If this works, run a good scan on your computer, as you likely have some virus and/or spyware that snuck in.
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