OK, after much analysis, I uninstalled NetNanny 6.0 on the system and the problem was resolved. I did not try to add the application exe to the exception list in NetNanny. I may try that and see if I get things resolved.
Just FYI, if you do not get a login windows for STO, you may have something blocking the connection back to the server. Also, STO should get checked out with these applications that sit in the network access stack. I love filter driver collisions! :-)