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I.E. only works in Safe Mode???

by karl hungus / September 15, 2004 8:18 AM PDT

I have a really strange problem, I.E. will only function in safe mode. This started last week, it was fine for the last two years. On a regular boot it'll only give me the "could not open/test network error page". Nothing else seems wrong but I can't access the network through games or Kazaa in normal mode either.

I looked around in the forums and didn't see anyone complaining about a similar error. I'm running XP on a 2.4 P4 with 1024mb. The problem occured when I downloaded DirectX 9c of all things. I've deleted and re-installed XP three times, installed service pack 2, had more problems and have gone back to just the critical updates. I've re-installed and repaired I.E. 6 several times, Turned off system restore, I've run 10 different anti-virus/spy removal programs (Avast, spysweeper, Panda online, microtrend, spybot, ad-aware, cws-sredder, spy-doctor, sygate firewall, A2, ect...) I've repaired my registry sfc/ scannow, I've powered off my modem, checked my nic card, released/renewed my I.P.,I used the winsock and winsock2 fixes. Man I'm at my the end of my rope here...

I hate asking for help but I want to get to the bottom of this. My only thought was that some how critical files to load I.E are being blocked by one of my anti-virus/spy-removal apps or there's a nasty virus that is going un-detected that can't function within Safe mode. What exe's are required by XP to run I.E. ? Any help would be awesome.

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Your post didn't tell
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 8:46 AM PDT

What you mean by "doesnt' work." The description may hold the clue.

But let me share a new pest had me use Hijackthis to find it and I didn't find a name for it. Hijackthis logs are interesting, but if you post one here then you didn't read the instructions.

Also, you should try IEFIX as well.


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Re: I.E. only works in Safe Mode???
by HoratioLint / December 13, 2004 5:51 AM PST


I'm having the exact same problem as you, as far as I can tell. The weird thing is that my old cable modem still works, in or out of Safe Mode. All my networking works fine through that. But I just set up a new DSL service, and that only works in Safe Mode - otherwise I try to go to any web page and it "cannot be found." I can't even access the modem itself through its IP address - "the connection was refused" - unless I'm in Safe Mode. I thought that maybe the cable modem was conflicting with the new DSL modem but when I uninstalled the driver nothing changed. I tried doing a selective startup using only the most basic XP services and it still didn't work. I tried getting rid of my virus software, turning off the XP firewall, reinstalling Windows, reinstalling my Ethernet card, and more, with no results.

I see your post has been sitting here for a while with no resolution, but did you ever figure out what was going on?

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by HoratioLint / December 17, 2004 5:29 AM PST

Karl, I don't know if you're still struggling with this, but I finally got things to work: I disabled the Network Bridge under the Network Connections settings. Boom, everything worked. I have no clue why this is, but I'm happy.

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