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Problem accessing Geocities

I cannot open any geocities.com pages. I get an error message each time that reads "Internet Explorer cannot download from www.geocities.com. Internet Explorer was unable to open this internet site. The requested site is either unavailable or cannot be found. Please try again later." I have tried many sites and none open. My friends and family have stuff in there I would like to visit. I have Windows XP and Internet Explorer. I am wondering if some setting I have is preventing access. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Geocities is now

part of Yahoo.

When I went to www.geocities.com I got re-directed to http://geocities.yahoo.com/

Can you try that?

You said, "I have tried many sites and none open".

Are you saying that you cannot access "any other sites", or "any geocities sites"

Mark

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geocities

I cannot open any geocities sites. only. I have a "homepage" in there. Will not let me access. I try to open other geocities pages and it will not let me. I can go to Yahoo Geocities and I can edit my home page, but cannot open the site otherwise. It is
http://www.geocities.com/eirishes/aidsride.html
Can you open it? Thank you so much for your response!

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Yes it opened for me

Hi Luckey, it is a personal site for an event raising funds and awareness for an Aids sufferer, and her achievements

Do you run any anti-virus and anti-spyware on your computer?

It may be that your HOSTS file has been changed preventing you from accessing geocities web sites.

You need to check for any viruses or spyware, and also look at this forum thread for advice how to check and fix your HOSTS file.

http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6142-0.html?forumID=5&threadID=59697&messageID=708983&tag=

have a look at this site for information on the HOSTS file; http://accs-net.com/hosts/what_is_hosts.html

Let us know how you get on.

Mark

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spyware

Mark,
Well, your reply certainly had me studying...all day! Seems I did have spyware and adware. Two I cannot get rid of... AdBinet and something called RECYCLERS. Both show up on my Norton scan but when I run the Symantec Binet remover, it says it cannot locate it. RECYCLERS is huge...many files and has to be manually deleted. I did find the files but my computer will not let me delete them, saying it cannot locate or may be on hard drive or moved to another location. I am ready to take my tower to a pro. This is beyond me! Have you heard of RECYCLERS? Thanks so much for your input! Donna

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it's easy to say you're headed for an OS re-install but...

that's time and maybe $$. Mainly, it's good to find out what you did to get in this shape so you won't waste a re-install, if necessary.
Try going into safe mode to delete some stubborn files, otherwise it's a lot of work to find names and locations and use "move on boot" to remove them.

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Sorry for the delay

Hi Donna,

I'm sorry for the delay in replying.

I haven't heard of Recyclers I'm afraid, and although there are ways of deleting files either in Safe Mode or using a delete file utility, (called MoveOnBoot), I don't dare suggest you try it just yet.

(I've just seen reefurb suggest the Safe Mode method and I agree, except I am not sure about Recyclers).

These forums have a Virus & Security alerts forum where there are virus experts that can help. They have a much bettter idea at these things than I do. The link is listed on the left, or you can go here;

http://reviews.cnet.com/5204-6132-0.html?forumID=32&tag=dir.forum

I suggest you post a question there about these infections Norton has found.

But before you do, have you also tried different programs to scan your computer? Norton is a good anti-virus, but does not scan for spyware or adware, and you really need other sotware for those. I have listed below what I use;

DOes Norton's include a firewall? Or are you using Windows XP SP2 firewall? If not, you can get a free one called ZoneAlarm from http://www.zonelabs.com

An anti-adware program. Free program is Ad-Aware SE Personal from http://www.lavasoftusa.com

And 2 spyware programs, Spybot Search and Destroy from http://www.safer-networking.org/

and SpywareBlaster from http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

I am also trying out Microsoft's new, (or newly acquired), AntiSpyware software in addition to all the above. It seems ok so far.

Make sure your Windows Operating System, (OS), is up to date. To do this, goto Start, and click the ?Windows Update? link. Beware, if you have not been to Windows Update before, there may be a lot of critical and other updates your OS needs to download.

All of these anti-malware programs (except the firewall), need to have their virus/adware/spyware definitions updated as soon as they are installed, and then each one used to scan your computer.

Good luck

BTW, sorry about all the studying I got you to do, Happy

Mark

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