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Cannot connect through HTTP

by dmodmo1212 / May 16, 2009 11:58 AM PDT

I recently upgraded Internet Explorer on the PC at work from version 6 to version 8, and after working fine for a while, it stopped connecting to almost every webpage that i navigated to. This PC is the main office computer at a U-Haul dealer, and all of U-Haul's website (that we use for renting trucks, etc.) worked fine, which confused me.

When the network diagnostic is run, it says that windows can't connect through HTTP, HTTPS, or FTP. Disabling the firewall does nothing to correct this problem. What's weird is that windows CAN connect through HTTPS and FTP; that's why Uhaul's site worked fine. I can access anything through HTTPS, like my Gmail account, clickbank, Uhaul, etc etc, and when I tried it worked as well. A normal HTTP page such as google won't connect.

If i shut down the computer, unplug the router, wait, plug in, and turn on the computer, Internet Explorer WILL connect to sites like normal--but eventually, it stops, and I can't connect with HTTP again!!!

Oh, and i uninstalled IE8 and went down to IE7 and updated everything, but have the same problem. GAH!

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I've seen similar before
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 16, 2009 8:31 PM PDT

but not under these circumstances so I don't know if I can help.

IE will still connect to https and FTP even if it is set up to connect through a Proxy. But not http.

In IE, goto Tools > Internet Options > Connections tab, and check through any Settings and LAN Settings buttons. Has a Proxy been set up? If so, perhaps changing that to "Automatically detect settings" would fix it.

If that does the trick, then your next task is to find out why those settings are being changed. The last one I saw with this the user had recently been Income Tax accounting software!

If it is not that, then I must pass and leave this to others to consider.


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by dmodmo1212 / May 18, 2009 6:44 AM PDT

I checked the settings when this happened, and everything had been set to "automatically detect settings" before the problem, and that's the way it is set now. No proxy. For a bit I thought it was a DNS problem, so I even called the ISP (Verizon) and had them give me the correct DNS addresses so I could set them manually, but it made no difference--so it's just back to automatic.

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Cannot connect through HTTP
by Cursorcowboy / May 19, 2009 3:15 AM PDT

1. The article [Q870700] explains how to troubleshoot problems accessing secure Web pages with Internet Explorer 6 and Service Pack 2:

? Network connectivity issues
? Look for third-party firewall or antivirus programs
? Turn off the pop-up blocker
? Delete the contents of the Temporary Internet Files folder
? Configure security, content, and advanced settings in Internet Explorer
? Use the System File Checker (Sfc.exe) tool to scan all files that are protected by Windows File Protection (WFP)
? Third-party browser extensions
? Create a new user profile

2. Click Start, Run, type ncpa.cpl, and then press ENTER. Click the Local Area Connection in the right window pane and look to see what is displayed at the bottom Details of the first column of the Network Connections context window. You should see a connection, whether connected and firewalled protected, including the network controller and IP Address.

3. It the Details does not show a proper connection, what happens if you repair it? Right-click the Local Area Connection and select Repair which may or may not restores the connectivity of your network connection. Repair operations attempt to refresh the stored data related to the connection and renew registration with networking services. Repair is used to issue broadcast renew of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) address, flush the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), NetBIOS and domain name service (DNS) local caches, and reregister with Windows Internet Name Service (WINS_ and DNS.)

4. "You receive an error message in Internet Explorer: "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" (Q956196)."

5. The article [Q314067] explains the procedure that you can use to troubleshoot TCP/IP issues depends on the type of network connection that you are using and the connectivity problem that you may be experiencing. Use either the instructions in the topic Automated troubleshooting or simply click Start, Run, type netsh diag gui, and then press ENTER.

Note: As instructed, "look for any items that are marked in red, expand those categories with the small plus in front, and then view the additional details about what the testing showed" and if you have further question concerning <b style="font-weight:normal; color:red">"FAILED" items, included them in your subsequent posts -- any item(s) displayed can be highlighted and copied.

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