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Internet limited only to AOL browser - Sonicwall, etc.....

I currently only have Internet access through AOL on a broadband connection. For non-AOl Internet requests (simple example, when I install a program and try to register it - or even for when Media player 11 tries to go to the internet to get album info when I play CDs), how can I route my requests through AOL? Even with AOL sined on and the web working in the browser pane of AOL Openride, I can't get IE to work beyond the Sonicwall firewall though the AOL browser does (except, for instance, requets to view My eBay, for instance). I have Pc-Cillin security and Windows XP Media Center on a Dell Inspiron 1501 with AMD x2 CPU, 1GB RAM, 80Gb HDD, etc.

I'm guessing the answer lies in RRAS or a third-party product. I can handle technical answers though the les outside references the better (time is hard to come by for everyone :)) Happy New Year to all!


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(NT) One Man's Admittedly Biased Opinion:Dump AOL Period. :D

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Why doesn't IE work?

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I can't remember what AOL subscribers use now to surf the internet, but if you use a non-AOL Internet Explorer why does it not work? What error messages are you getting?

AOL is just an ISP. Although it has its own community and it's own version of an internet browser it is still just a gateway to the internet and so any other non-AOL browser should get you onto full internet access.

So it makes me think that your problem is not with AOL but with browser or firewall settings. I don't know Sonic firewall at all,but it should be configurable to allow IE through.


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You may have to remove certain items from AOL

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Like firewall, WINXP has a firewall, AOLSpyware, it misses it's own tracking cookies like, an AOL spyware "Wild Tangent". I find it odd that you are not using WINXP's Firewall, make sure anything that is AOL is not listed in that firewall. When I signed on, the AOL screen showed a Firewall. It shows virus protected - by AVG Free Virus, same with IM. Have you ever looked at Set Program Access and Defaults? Use Custom Setup. I rmoved messenger from Add/Remove Windows Components and deleted it in Programs for I have AIM. For Email, America Online 9.0, For Default Web Browsing Internet Explorer, default media player, WMPlayer. all of these are on the right side, messenger is unchecked & outlook express unchecked.
with all the extra hdd you have, have you installed updates?? Use custom and wait to the last for Security Pack 2. Links for some quality items. Spybot S&D (Ad-Aware SE) (EasyCleaner2.0) Some items need unchecking. 2nd temporary files, under Applications: Macromedia, Ad-Aware, AVG Antispyware, Grisoft 7,0 & Spybot S&D.
Another site: and free Anivirus & free Antispyware.
There are many browsera:, click more at the bottom.

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everything is fully updated

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I've got SP2 and just about every custom update and all the criticals and security ones. I use MS update for Office, etc. It's the convoluted IT policies in the agency blocking me. I've been giventhe blessing to get it to work butthey won't tell me how and I'm more a hardware desktop OS guy than a networking protocol guy.

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I agree - but there's a catch

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This is a work-related internet connection. Theywon't allow IE through since - as agencies tend to love to say - it's against policy. However, they allow AOL through since they say it is tracked by AOL and the content viewed cna be traced in the never-going-to-happen even t it will need to be. They aren't particularly happy about letting AOL through, but they do it (I've learned not to ask why). So, that all said, though I am not a fan of AOL myself, it's free wwith my home internet connection (not that I ever use it at home, and it allows me to use 99% of the web at work so I can't complain).

So, without access to the firewall - which of course they won't grant to me - I wanted to route everything through the broadband AOL connection. Of course, if I were Dialing-up (and tying up the phone line and moving at a snail's pace - I'd be fine).

This is definitely a more complicated workaround I'm trying to implement - but if AOl services work then it can't be impossible to just force my system to, when I choose to, make all requests out to the Internet go through those same ports.

Thank for all the input and I look forward to more!


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Not a catch, office policy.

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Sorry but this discussion has to stop here.

You have now disclosed that this is a computer at work, or work-related. In your first post you have examples of what you want to do, eg, "simple example, when I install a program and try to register it - or even for when Media player 11 tries to go to the internet to get album info when I play CDs". If this is a work related internet connection then there may be reasons why your internet access is limited.

CNET cannot sanction help towards circumventing work related policies, and so you need to see your IT specialist at work and discuss your problems with him.

I am locking the discussion. If you feel I am in error, you can contact me through my profile email option.


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Mssage received.....

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Zenalpha has sent me the message below about my decision to lock this discussion:


Subject: It is a catch, not an office policy


When I referred to registration of a program, I was talking about freeware or something I paid for. Also, I'm using MY laptop at work, which the IT guys are accepting of. I'm not circumventing their policies, since they told me they leave AOL open for this reason. We serve 8 develop,mentally developed clients and there are times hen a full Internte connection is very helpful in finding resources for them, but the agency cannot allow it directly without the proper monitoring - which AOL has built-in so it solves their problem.

It's really a heck of a thing to assume the worst like that. I know there are hackers and all out there, but I'm not using a FAQ on circumventing SONICWALL to chance liability of my agency, I'm trying to learn how to stick to their policies when they personally don't have the funding or the time to help me through it. Sure, I know all about anonproxies and such and could just redirect through there after some fancy footwork to circumvent the firewall using the agency hardware- or just tap into the line pre-firewall. I was actually trying to do this legit. Now, if you know of any resources that could point me in the right direction it would be appreciated, because I'm sick and tired of trying to look up an accessible local theater for our wheel-chair-bound clients and getting blocked because things are only opened on a page by page basis and movie listings change daily.


I am leaving this open for discussion as I am not at all sure I follow the situation here.

It appears to me that;

1] This is Zenalpha's own laptop

2] But he has an AOL based internet connection installed, provided and paid for by his employers.

3] The AOL ISP has it's own firewall and other security measures which mean that Zenalpha cannot download programs, or if he can download programs he cannot register them.

4] He also cannot play his CD's on the laptop because WMP 11 attempts to access the internet to obtain album details.

5] It is his own laptop which he is trying to use normally, but his employer's security measures are preventing him from doing so.

This is how I understand the situation. Zenalpha is seeking any legitimate way of circumventing the security measures so he can use his own laptop the way he wants to, which includes seeking software that may benefit the disabled clients of his employers business/service.

My own view

By accepting your employer's AOL Internet Service Provider and all it's security measures, you have accepted any limitations placed on the computer by them. This really needs to be resolved between yourself and your IT support.

However, in the interest of justice, I will leave this discussion open for a while to see if anyone else has any legitmate advice and/or ideas.


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I'd ask what does Sonicwall do to help 8 develop.mentally..

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persons. A better term for this would be mentally challanged human beings. I have had Epilepsy for nearly 63 years. A drunk from 1967 to 1976. Spoke at the Epilepsy Foundation when I was a Security Guard, met one girl who wanted the pity and family making decisions for her.
Darrell Lewis

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I'll figure this out myself

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Thank you for attempting to retain justice in the name of an employee who wants ot use his own hardware AND AOL service to be able to increase the recreational abilities of the financially-challenged consumers. These guys are fully-dependant ontheir staff for any and all recreation - and they get so precious little partly because beacuase of all the hoops the staff are made to jump through to get them out and about. Mapquest, local listings of free events, etc. are the reasons I took on this battle myself whenthe other staff had thrown up their hands in disgust. I've been offended personally and professionally - and even publically accused of - despite the intense stress at time of caring for 8 adults with terribly challengingdisabilities, being so shallow as to be aggravated by Windows Media Player CD artworkdownloading limitations in my journey.

I submit. Thank you all for the advice. I'll take the fight to the IT guyswho are bound by arcane policies to use grossly limited resources to support archaic software and pseudo-functional hardware donated by companies for write-offs of all things - let alone deal with the growing concerns and pressure from governing bodies to limit access to "potentially offensive and illegal" content. That is the policy which lets me find out precious little about free events locally AND blocks me from even clicking through to get the phone numbers of local establishments or more informaiton on accomodations, etc.

It's a sad world, but I suppose I should save my soapbox for a blog or some other venue more appealing to the affluent sub-culture of computer experts.

Thank you again.

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Let your bosses think about NEWS Viruses & security alerts

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SonicWALL Email Security Data Shows Increased Convergence - New!
by Donna Buenaventura - 1/15/07 11:56 AM
In reply to: NEWS - January 15, 2007 by Donna Buenaventura
Data collected by SonicWALL, Inc. from its SMARTLABS network of over one million email users showed increased convergence in the 2006 malware ecosystem, with combinations of spam, phishing, viruses and DHA attacks delivering new levels of profitability for online fraudsters. During the year, SonicWALL recorded twice as many directory harvest attacks (DHA) as all spam attempts, which rose to two and a half times their 2005 levels, together with greater and more ingenious levels of phishing attacks, and a sharp increase in 'stealth' virus attempts.

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