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Can open sites with Netscape but not IE

by richpatrol / November 30, 2004 9:16 PM PST

For some reason I can't open all sites with IE. For example when I go to a shopping site and then hit the link to sign on I get the can't find server page. I can't open my e-mail or hotmail sites. Got tired of this and finially loaded Netscape and all works great with Netscape. It seems so much easier to use too, but that is not the point. I have tried changing my Internet settings but nothing seems to work. I have tried every setting I can think of but nothing works. I can't even open up my hotmail link with MS Internet Explorer but can with Netscape. I am running XP Home on a laptop. I also have XP Pro on a desktop and no problem there. I tried setting the settings the same as the desktop but nothing. I thought it might be something to do with the wireless hub I was running it through but tried running it directly into the broadband with out the hub and still the same. I guess I can just switch over to Netscape which I basically have but still this bugs me and I would like to know why. Anyone know?
Thanks
Rich

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Re: Can open sites with Netscape but not IE
by glb613 / November 30, 2004 9:41 PM PST

Are you running a firewall? If so, check your settings and make sure you have allowed IE to access the internet.

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Re: Can open sites with Netscape but not IE
by Yew / November 30, 2004 9:58 PM PST

My guess would be what seems to be the stock answer for all IE problems lately... Spyware. Ie is a giant magnet for the garbage, and if you're even a few days late installing some new IE patch, it's possible for someone to have something floating about the web looking for unpatched IE browser users. Like the latest IFRAME (bofra) exploit for IE, which is still unpatched for all but XP SP2 users.

IE basically isn't safe to use any longer, so your best bet would be to use another browser. Personally, I don't use anything Netscape anymore, but the more actively developed Mozilla, which is what Netscape branded products are based on anyway. In particular I've come to like Mozilla Firefox. Immune to virtually all types of spyware (that come in via the browser), fewer security problems, faster turnaround times when there is a security issue found, it's free, and it has AdBlock (http://adblock.mozdev.org). AdBlock is the whole reason I don't use Safari on my Mac. It will change your life when it comes to web browsing.

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Re: Can open sites with Netscape but not IE
by richpatrol / December 3, 2004 12:57 PM PST

Need to check for spyware, and also will check my firewalls and see if that is the problem as sounds like it could be. If I find the problem will let you know.
Thanks

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