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Advanced XP User: Slow Load Time Per Web Page

by pcdivenii / February 15, 2007 5:11 AM PST

So here's a problem I've never ran into before...

There is a 10-second (literally) delay after typing in a URL (or clicking a link). For instance, Firefox says, "Connecting to" for 10 seconds, and then successfully loads

First, the things I know:
-It's not a LAN issue -- other computers load web pages fast
-Not a router/DSL modem issue
-It's not a network adapter issue -- this happens when wired OR wireless
-It's not a browser issue -- problem occurs with Firefox, IE, Opera
-It MUST be a Windows issue
-Problem does NOT occur in Safe Mode (with "Networking Support", of course)

What I've done so far:
-Reinstalled TCP/IP (through command line)
-Renewing IP addresses (command line AND "Repair")
-Tried disabling/re-enabling connectivity-specific Windows services
-Disabling/re-enabling NICs
-Checked for malware/start-up items (my setup is lean/mean)
-Starting in Safe Mode -- problem doesn't occur in Safe Mode!
-Tried creating a new User Account -- still a problem
-Tried TCPOptimizer

The problem goes away when in Safe Mode or using an entirely different operating system on the same computer.

Any brilliant ideas?? Happy

Much appreciated!

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A recent go round like this found...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2007 5:17 AM PST

A DNS hijack. The lookup was thankfully like yours and failing which lead us to dive into use of NSLOOKUP, HIJACKTHIS and more to discover the cause. Your post claims no posts. So did they.


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by pcdivenii / February 15, 2007 5:37 AM PST

Excellent, Bob! Thank you. My best guess was that it has SOMETHING to do with DNS, I just didn't know the tools to use.

One thing... How should I go about using NSLOOKUP?


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I meant the claim of no pests... Typo.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2007 5:54 AM PST
In reply to: DNS, NSLOOKUP?

As to NSLOOKUP that's documented in XP as well as the web. Their big clue was a nslookup of coughed up which was the clue for us to go hunting. HIJACKTHIS nailed it with DNS redirections. I can't claim the same for yours but I'd try that path and tools.


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Problem solved; thanks!
by pcdivenii / February 15, 2007 6:37 AM PST

Thanks, Bob! Problem solved.

I didn't bother with the NSLOOKUP as it was most obviously a DNS issue.

Safe Mode > HIJACKTHIS > Removed anything and everything that wasn't crucial to the system. (Nothing really seemed out of the ordinary.)

For good measure, I also renamed my HOSTS file to OLDHOSTS.

One restart, and domains now resolve instantly.

Thanks again, Bob!

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If I helped, good.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2007 6:43 AM PST

Sorry if I couldn't give a direct answer but you seem to have swung the hammer and nailed it.


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