I downloaded IE 7. Big mistake. It was cumbersome, it fought other installed programs, and allowed me access to the Internet only at its convenience.
It took the better part of a day, but thanks to Heather, Steve, Frank, Rich, and Kevin in the U.S., Canada, and India, I now have IE 6 back and life is good.
Here is a number to try if you ever need help from MS. It may save you some hours. 1-800-936-5700