Your second question:
In Bridge, click Edit > Preferences > File Type Associations. Scroll through the list to find the file types you want to edit in Photoshop and click the down arrow. Click Browse and navigate to Program Files > Adobe > Photoshop and select Photoshop.exe. (I am looking at an older version of PS as I type this, but you get the idea.... I hope.)
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Sounds like something is really wrong with your computer, and it isn't clear what, but if you're just having issues getting to the download link for ACR:
Here is the download page for ACR 6.1 update:
Here is the download page for the CS5 12.0.1 update:
If those links don't work, you can probably find the same updates on the FTP site, although some things here are more than a decade old:
See if Bridge and ACR are any happier after installing these two updates. Make sure you run them as Administrator.
If those still don't work for you, try another browser, where Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome should all work.
There are numerous other browsers, as well, but they probably won't work if the above three don't.
Perhaps you either have a virus that you should scan for, or over-zealous internet-protection software that you could try disabling temporarily.
My favorite free virus/malware scanner is from www.MalwareBytes.com
The payfor version will automatically update itself and scan, but the free version works just as well except you have to manually update and scan.
Thanks. This was the right idea. In CS5 the route is: Program files>Adobe> Photoshop. Photoshope.exe is not a choice
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5\Photoshop.exe is the path to Photoshop in my Vista 32-bit computer.
Glad you got it working. Actually, you are pointing to photoshop.exe, but I suspect you have Windows set to hide known file extensions.
Thanks for your many thoughtful and helpful suggestions.. The one which worked after disarming the firewall and antivirus programs had failed, was installing and using the Google Chrome Browser.
I suspect that you are right