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Intenet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox Incompatibilities

by Confed / March 30, 2009 4:03 AM PDT

I hate being conspiratorial, but sometimes things seem intentionally planned.

Originally, my Firefox would freeze when accessing Hotmail. Then came an update and Hotmail worked. Then, weeks later, more freezing--coincidentally just when IE Explorer was updated. I had to use the latter to access my Hotmail. Then the Firefox was updated again and Hotmail worked, but then, again, within weeks, it wouldn't work.

Now I'm up to Firefox 3.08 and Hotmail works. If it suddenly starts freezing again, I'm going to be more than suspicious. Also, I updated my IE Explorer and it won't connect to the Internet. Firefox, Office 2003, all connect fine. The new IE Explorer, V.8, gives me notices saying: "IE Explorer Cannot Display the Webpage." I hit diagnostics and it gives this message: "Windows has detected a problem with the Winsock provider catalog on this computer. This catalog allows programs to communicate with this computer across the network. Would you like Windows to reset the catalog to the default configuration?"

I hit "Yes" and reboot and there's no change.

Doesn't this sound a bit odd?

Do you think it would help to reinstall Windows 8, or better, is there a way to go back to 7? Yesterday, when I tried to get it working, I lost all Internet connectivity and had to do a system restore going all the way back to March 23 (none of my other restore points worked; no reason given).

Is this a conspiracy or is it just a coincidence?

Thanks!

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by white-bread / March 30, 2009 4:13 PM PDT

Your problem is OS dependent.

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OS Dependent?
by Confed / April 2, 2009 8:03 AM PDT
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What do you mean? The opening pages on MS asked what operating system I had was and I indicated it was XP. It installed, congratulated me for the splendid job I did and then restarted my computer. Upon completion, I was not able to use the new IE. But it did a diagnostic and told me I had the wrong Winsock setup. It asked if I wished to fix the problem; I said yes, and it installed something, rebooted my computer again and this time I had no Internet service on either IE or Firefox.

So I did a system roll back that failed and then did another that worked. Even though I have Firefox 3.08, it not thinks I have 3.07 and keeps pestering me to update. For now, however, I'm not updating anything. It all seems to point to Microsoft's corporate no-competition policy.

Any other ideas?

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Intenet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox Incompatibilities
by stevezachjohnson / April 5, 2009 1:31 AM PDT

I have noticed that Firefox and IE have been at it since their past versions too... In the past they would crash the computer if ran together, they hate each other like Ice and Fire. But I don't seem to be having problems with my Firefox and IE7 right now, your case is very strange.. Maybe it's just coincidental.

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