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I posted this in the browser forum about 5 days ago, but haven't received any feedback, so I'm posting here, where there seems to be more traffic.

System specs:Compaq Presario notebook
AMD Turion 64 proc
1 gig ram
XP Pro, SP2 and all updates
Normally surf wirelessly with WPA encryption

Problem: I use Firefox as my default browser. For some strange reason, when I click a hyperlink, it goes to that page, then almost immediately goes back to the original page. I originally had version 1.5 then upgraded to 2.0 hoping it would solve the problem. No go.

Now, I have the same problem with IE 7. Same problem.

This problem cropped up about 2 months ago, so I did a clean reinstall- all was well until late last week when this problem came up again. I did the clean reinstall after having the very same problem, and this notebook is about 1 1/2 yrs old. Seemed fine until the problem came back.

I've used Spybot Search and Destroy, AdAware, did an anti-virus scan with Computer Associate's eZTrust anti-virus program, I have eTrust Pest Patrol loaded and it's always running in the background. I tried hijack this, but, according to the instructions on what to find that may point to a problem, there was nothing. I also have ZoneAlarm Pro, and put the sites I normally go to in the trusted zone (haven't had to do this on my other computers).

My setup is the same on 2 other desktops, and 1 other laptop. The difference is, I don't have IE 7 loaded on the other computers. Could there be a connection 'tween IE 7 and this problem? Why would things be stable for 2 months, then this problem again?

I also noticed a problem using Explorer- I had the windows set to open in the same window, and the same thing would happen- I would click a folder, then it would immediately revert back to the original folder. I got a work around when I changed the view settings to open in a seperate window. Could there be a connection?

I've googled this problem to death, and the last fix was to change the MTU settings using a free program called Dr. TCP. Still no change.

I go to "safe sites" only- like gmail, google, my banking and credit card sites. I do regular scans for pests and virii. I'm loathe to to another reinstall if I don't have to; even on a laptop, it can be quite time consuming (reloading all the programs, etc.). Anyone else run into this problem? Thanks in advance.

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Fire Fox 2 had a flaw and this was the latest on

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Title: Firefox
Filename: Firefox Setup
File size: 5.69MB (5,971,432 bytes)
Date added: December 19, 2006

If you have the earlier version before last month,I'd remove that one, check Files and Folders and run CCleaner & Ad-Aware. Install this one. Darrell L.

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Thanks, DarClew, but...

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No go on your suggestions. I did a clean reinstall, and IE is exhibiting the same problem. This is driving me insane. At times, when I go to Internet Options, I get a message to the effect of, "restricted, see your system administrator". I always setup my user account as Administrator. This is a real head-scratcher. I'll keep plugging away, but if you or anyone else has any ideas, I'd appreciate it. Thanks for your post.

PS: when reinstalling, I was NOT connected to the 'net. And I didn't connect until I had ZoneAlarm, PestPatrol, and my anti-virus program running. I tried to connect to gmail, and with ZA OFF, but the behavior was the same as in original post.

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Re: Thanks, DarClew, but...

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Brandon, Go to the link below, click on "Win XP Fixes", click on "Fix Internet Options Restriction" then click on "xp_fix_internetoptions.vbs" to download a vbs file fix. Instructions for running it are on the page.


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No go, Tuf

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Did another clean install, tested the browser, same strange behavior- including Windows Explorer no opening in the same window. Tried IEFix to re-register the dll files, no go there either. I think it may be a SP2 thing, I dunno. I can do *some* surfing, but only if I open another window. Maybe I'll do another clean install and not deploy SP2 which is on a separate disc. Will keep you posted. Thanks for your input.

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IE 7 disabled

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My HP PhotoSmart Camera program

Motorola Phone tools

A Trend Micro program, I have from the past

I think it's been affecting the AVG Anti-Spyware program. Since I removed IE 7, I do NOT have trouble getting my updates.(No more errors)

These are the ones I noticed. I'm sure there were more.

Go to the control panel

click on add/remove programs

check show updates

go near the bottom and find Internet Explorer 7

remove it.

It will tell you, these programs were installed after you installed IE 7 and may not work correctly. Tell it ok. It will remove IE 7 and after you restart your computer, it will revert back to IE 6.

Most programs will work again and some may need to be repaired and/or re-installed.

Hope this helps.


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I didn't reinstall IE 7

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..this time. I applied updates, but not for IE 7. I suspect a corruption somewhere, but not sure from where/what. I applied all the updates as of yet, but I didn't have this problem on my first clean reinstall some 2 months ago using the same Compaq installation discs. Thanks.

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Re: I didn't reinstall IE 7

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Brandon, If you have Spybot S&D installed open it, click on Tools, click on IE Tweaks and make sure that "Lock IE Control Panel against opening etc." is unchecked. Maybe this will cure the IE Options problem.


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Will give that a try

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I just did ANOTHER clean reinstall, didn't deploy SP2 which is on a 2nd disc, and still getting this odd behavior. Mebbe Compaq gave me a corrupted disc, I dunno, but it's driving me nuts. Will give your suggestion a try and let you know, Tuf. Thanks.

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A different variable in the equation

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I did yet another install, this time using a dell Pro disc (but using the Compaq serial #). Same behavior. Now, I decided to hardwire my connection- NO PROBLEMS. Very strange. Maybe I need to change my ssid name and the password to my wpa encryption? I'll see. Thanks much for everyone's help. If you have anything to add, comments are very welcome, and thanks again.


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Have you looked at the error console in Firefox

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Get the Firefox browser to a page and when it sends you back open the error console in Tools. See if there are any errors or messages that might help.

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I installed ForeFox with IE7, IE6SP2 no problem but

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I asked TONI about the same for I had some trepidation using both. One error I picked up on, make the default browser IE - not Fire Fox. I know that question came upon the installation and I said no to FireFox. TONI has the IE as the default also. Any IE updates you won't get either. Darrell L.

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Thanks guys, I MAY have it solved.

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My notebook has a utility that scans the system for driver/hardware issues. Wasn't able to do the scan when wireless, but when I was hardwired, I ran the scan. It pointed to a possible problem with a file http.sys as being possibly corrupted, or something like that, and I was pointed to an MS hotfix,KB887742, so I installed it. Things went well for awhile, then the problem came back. Did another scan, there was a driver update for the amd processor; applied that, and I'm now writing this on the notebook wirelessly. Hopefully, the problem is gone, otherwise I'll need to buy a 30 foot cat line.

I did try the Mozilla console, did get error message, but no way for me to understand it.

And to DarClew, I ran IE7 and Mozilla side by side with no problems, but all the seurity stuff in IE7 slowed surfing to a crawl. I don't intend to install IE7 again, and I prefer Mozilla anyway.

Now my last problem- I can't seem to reinstall ZoneAlarm. I get an error message saying a dll library can't be found. I think I have a version 6 archived; getting the error message on the latest version os ZA 7.xx. Thanks all. Keep your fingers crossed for me.


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Back to square 1

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My strange surfing weirdness came back. I think I may try an install while hardwired to my router. Well, that's the latest. Thanks for everyone's input. I'm writing this on the notebook and it's hardwired. Verry strange...

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