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Selective refusal to load a webpage.

by thesaint258 / November 19, 2005 1:34 PM PST

Over the past couple of weeks, my browsers have been having a fit. Whenever I try to open something like,, secure.******.org,, etc. Has anyone else had this problem and does anyone know how to fix it?

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Define ''having a fit''...
by John.Wilkinson / November 19, 2005 2:32 PM PST

In order to solve the problem at hand, we're going to need more information, including what operating system you're using, which browsers this problem is occurring in, and what exactly the issue is. (Does the page not load, do you receive an error message, is part of the page missing, does the browser crash, etc?) Give a shout back and we'll see what we can come up with.


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Defining "having a fit"
by thesaint258 / November 20, 2005 3:09 AM PST

I'm using Windows XP and the problem is happening both in Firefox and IE 6. In Firefox I get the error that says, "The connection was refused when attempting to contact [address of website]." In IE, the browers displays the page that says that "The page cannot be displayed."

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Connection refused...
by Edward ODaniel / November 20, 2005 10:53 AM PST

often indicates that you are using an anonymous proxy server that the site doesn't allow to connect because of potential problems by the user.

It might also be a problem with your HOSTS file (although the connection refused error would be rather unusual).

As someone else stated it could also be blocking software configured by the owner/administrator to limit allowable sites. (That likely wouldn't be the case if the machine is your own but you never mentioned ownership or location.)

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by GuideUK RY / November 20, 2005 8:48 AM PST

Hi there!

All of those sites you suggest to be not working on your machine, do all work on my machine here.

I would suggest that perhaps you have some sort of privacy controls set in your browsers or your "Internet Options" set up.


It has been known to happen on my machine where the settings have been fiddled with and I alter this, and it then works.

However, your other query regarding "secure.*****.org"; Please remember that secure connections (such as banking websites or encrypted) need certain settings tweaked with in order for it to work. For example, AOL browsers struggle to open banking secure sites!

Come back here if you need any more help - I'm sure someone will be able to provide some feedback!

Kind Regards,


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