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Problem opening some links (slickdeal/cashback links, etc)

by vkw104 / January 27, 2008 2:06 AM PST

Hi everyone,
I'm at my wits end in regards to how I can fix an innocuous but pretty annoying problem. I frequent slickdeals and fatwallet (deal sites) quite often, and I often use the Citi Merchant Network (cashback rewards on your Citicard), but I'm having problems clicking on some links on those sites. It takes me to what I'm told is an affiliate page first, (click-serve, bmpte, etc), and it stalls there. The only way I can open that link is by copy and pasting the link, and manually deleting the first part which contains the affiliate link.

I've read everywhere that it's my hosts file, but I've changed my hosts file back to the default one.
I run Kaspersky and Firefox Adblock, but I've disabled both of those and tried, but it still doesn't work.

This doesn't work on Internet Explorer either.

Any ideas?

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by caktus / January 28, 2008 3:43 PM PST

Try contacting the Webmasters or support teams at the sites regarding the problem. Going directly to the source as you are doing to avoid the problem may actually be providing a more pleasent shopping experience. Because if the Affiliates' sites are not working properly then purchasing through them may also be problematic. And if the Affiliates are not properly maintaining thier sites, they simply may not be reliable.


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I think it's my computer
by vkw104 / January 28, 2008 3:49 PM PST

Thanks for the response. I think it's an issue with my computer more than anything else. For example, there was a deal thread on slickdeals that had over 40 posts saying how great a deal it was, but I wasn't able to open the links.

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Try this.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 28, 2008 7:26 PM PST

It may be some temp or Temporary Internet File that is preventing your access.

I would run Disk Cleanup, (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup). When started, Disk Cleanup may pause for a while as it checks your compressed files.

If that doesn't work then go for a more heavy duty file cleaner like CCleaner from and allow it to delete all the temp and TIF files stored on your computer. If you install CCleaner, watch out during the install process for any add-ons like toolbars and decline to install them.


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