OK, it took me a while because it's been a busy weekend, but I finally figured it out.
I use System Mechanic, but I guess I didn't realize all the little settings in this program and so I had system guard set up to block the changing of my homepage. I unchecked that one little box, and now I am good to go. I have the start page I want. That little box checked did a super job of stopping me. I'm impressed. And you see, I just began using the system guard part of System Mechanic recently. So I guess that is why I didn't notice the problem earlier. Now I know what caused the problem, I'm going to set it back on, but now, to protect the start page I really want in IE7 or any other Browser.
I have to admit, I do love System Mechanic, and I would not have a computer without that program running to watch over some of my stupid errors. But it does help to learn all of the in's and out's of such a dependable and strong program before using it. LOL
Live & Learn, right?
Thank you so much for all of your suggestions. And PeteC, I was going down the steps in your suggestion and that was how I found what was causing my problem. So I appreciate all of the help. You folks come through every time.
Have a great day!