I’m having problems with my

I’m having problems with my PC at home. I tried to install Morpheus 1.9, which appeared successful, but wouldn’t actually connect to a node. At the same time, MSN Messenger ceased functioning correctly, reporting that all other users to whom I was trying to send messages were experiencing “network problems” and were no longer in the conversation.
I’ve uninstalled Morpheus, rebooted, uninstalled and reinstalled Messenger, rebooted, cursed my PC and put a hex on Bill Gates. All to no avail. Anyone else had similar problems? If so, did you find a workaround?