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Puzzling internet surfing issue - WinXP Home/ IE7

by trojwl / December 31, 2009 11:16 PM PST

All of a sudden I can only access my two banking sites and Paypal. No other sites from my favorites list will load up - not even eBay. I removed my anti virus program to no avail. Also there are no email issues. I am now assuming that the connection itself is not an issue and, since I have no anti-virus installed, something in Windows is blocking the sites. I have gone through the Internet Options menu and everything has been set to default.
I have no idea what to do next.

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Since it's IE7
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2010 12:25 AM PST

Head to it's Tools, Internet Options and click the restore defaults there.

Try OTHER browsers.

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by trojwl / January 1, 2010 2:03 AM PST
In reply to: Since it's IE7

Like I said, everything set to default. Also I can't get anywhere to download other browsers.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2010 2:27 AM PST
In reply to: Reply

But I didn't ask to check that it all set to default. I use that reset button since one of the annoying things about Windows and MSFT apps is that you can go over every setting and it can still fail then work when we press a reset button.

Your issue reminds me of another recent discussion where Norton neared expiry and the web browsing stopped.

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by trojwl / January 1, 2010 2:52 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry.

The default settings have worked for a very long time. This problem reared its ugly head yesterday morning upon logging in. I've triple checked all Windows security settings and there is no other virus protection currently on PC. I'm sure problem is in the web certificates, trusted sights area. I'm pretty familiar with this stuff but this is a new one for me and my friends.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2010 3:01 AM PST
In reply to: Reply

You won't press the defaults button, comment about possible expiring security suites and ...

You have internet access to answer here. HERE you could download firefox, toss it on some CD, memory key and install from there.

I think that "it worked before" is causing people to not work the issue. This is good news for IT staff and service counters.

My advice is this.

1. Click the reset button.
2. Install another browser.
3. Disable all IE addins.
4. Look at Grif's advice on malware.

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by trojwl / January 1, 2010 3:26 AM PST
In reply to: So.

I have two computers with DSL wireless network. Problem is on my HP PC (ethernet cabled). I'm on the Dell PC in the other room (wireless connection). Absolutely no problems with the Dell.
If the HP was my only PC, this conversation probably would not be taking place.
I also tried Microsoft tech assistance. They'll help me out for a quite substantial fee. That will be last resort.
I hate to think I will need to reload my Windows operating system.

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Just to make this clear.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 1, 2010 4:10 AM PST
In reply to: Clarification

The advice was, Reset IE back to defaults. Whether IE is already back to defaults or not, click that Reset button once more.

One other item about IE, assuming your banking and PayPal sites are secure sites, then they are https web addresses. Have a look at IE's Proxy settings and see if they have been set. I have seen a case a while ago where only https sites were accessible, and some software or other had set up IE to use a Proxy. The proxy was still able to connect to https. but not http.

Other than that, use your other computer to download and install Firefox. Also, look at Grif's antimalware advice here;;search-results#2969621


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by trojwl / January 1, 2010 4:50 AM PST

Much appreciated. I haven't done it yet but wanted to thank you for your time and expertise.
I'll post outcome.

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by trojwl / January 1, 2010 4:57 AM PST
In reply to: Reply

You hit the nail right on the head! As I go down my favorites list, only the few "https" site load.
However you lost me about halfway through your email.
Any idea how to resolve issue?
thx again

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Check the IE settings
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 1, 2010 5:04 AM PST
In reply to: MarkFast

Open IE, goto Tools > Internet Options. In the new window, open the Connections tab.

I don't know how your computer is connected to the internet, broadband, dial-up, DSL, etc, but check the settings in this tab. If you're on a broadband connection there should not be any. I don't know about DSL, but with a dial-up connection that should be listed and marked as Default.

Click the LAN settings button. In the new window, unless you have purposefully added a Proxy server for your connection, there should be no entries under Proxy server. If there are and you do not use a Proxy server, then remove the entries and the tick.

Proxy server, apparently used to 'surf anonymously'. Your connection goes to a server on the internet which then masks your IP address and hides it from others. If you don't know anything abut it, then you probably don't use it and any entries in that window are not required.


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Thx Markfast
by trojwl / January 1, 2010 5:19 AM PST
In reply to: Check the IE settings

All looked OK until I got to the LAN Settings. The "use a proxy server for your LAN" box was checked. I unchecked it and went back to browser. ALL the sites pulled up.
I am the only user of this machine and I certainly didn't go into that menu and make any changes - and it worked fine many days before failure. Oh well - Computer Mystery #79.

I should pay you the $59 Microsoft wanted.

Just kidding.......

Thanks again!!

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Any donations
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 1, 2010 6:40 PM PST
In reply to: Thx Markfast

gratefully received, Devil

Glad you got it sorted trojwl.

By any chance, have you been sorting your Tax out either online or with some specialised Tax software? The previous case I saw the member was doing something about their Tax return, and suddenly lost connection to http sites in IE.


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PS. About PROXY.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2010 5:15 AM PST
In reply to: So.

The default settings do not use a proxy.

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by trojwl / January 1, 2010 5:22 AM PST
In reply to: PS. About PROXY.

During my troubleshooting I hit every "default" key that I came across - at least I thought I did.
This has been an education for me.

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