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IE odd problem on XP

Joined
Jan 13, 2008
Messages
23
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Operating System
Windows Vista - Home Premium
#1
Hi peeps, hope you can sort this one out for me :p

Recently reformatted my comp and everything is good. got ie 7 and still, its all good. this morning I turn my comp on, go on the internet, only to find it says "cannot display web page"... you know the typical one you get when your not usually connected to the net.
...yes I'm connected lol :p
Utorrent works fine, itunes store works fine etc. unreal tournament game works on the net.
It's just the internet explorer. Somehow I found out that if I refresh it enough times it eventually comes up, but this is anywhere from 2 to 20 times. It's not a weak signal, checked that. Best part is, I downloaded firefox just to see if it was ie7 (even after I reset the explorer settings) and it's the same on firefox (I clicked "Do NOT copy internet explorer settings and history") etc.

I'm stumped guys, please help :(

Thankyou =], John
 

AdvancedSetup

FPCH Long Term Member
Joined
Jan 9, 2008
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#2
Well that is a clue that you very easily could have Malware on your box just by using such an application.

I'm not saying that IS the issue, but have seen so many times that these programs do infect a system that one has to consider that being the cause.

Try running this FIRST then if you're still having the issue we can look for other things.


You will need to run at least two malware scanners as well as an Antivirus scanner that are listed in the following instructions.
Anti-Malware and Anti-Virus scanners perform different tasks.
The reason to run multiple scanners is to ensure that no single scanner is missing something.

The time it takes will vary depending on your system and your internet connection.
Typically the SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes scanners will take between 30 and 90 minutes.
The Eset online scan should take between 1 and 3 hours.
In most cases, these scans will suffice to clean and disinfect your computer.

For best results print the following instructions and bookmark this Web page
To keep this guide printer-friendly, use your cursor to highlight the contents below.
From your browser select File - Print and in the printer dialog box under "Print range"
click the Selection choice to print out these instructions for removal of malware.




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  • Follow these instructions carefully.
  • Download ATF-Cleaner from Snapfiles.com to remove "junk" files from your computer that may contain malware.
  • You can also download it from Majorgeeks.com
  • When you run ATF-Cleaner, check the items as shown below for Main.
  • For FireFox, be sure to click on the FireFox tab on top and check the items as shown below for FireFox
  • NOTE: If you don't have FireFox or Opera installed then they will be grayed out and can be ignored
  • Then click on "Empty Selected".
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  • Install and run the free version (not the Professional version) of SUPERAntiSpyware from SUPERAntiSpyware.com - AntiAdware, AntiSpyware, AntiMalware!
    • Accept any prompts to allow SUPERAntiSpyware to install the latest rules and infection definition files.
    • You do not have to send them your e-mail address, just click next.
    • You can leave the automated check for updates on.
    • You can uncheck "Send a diagnostic report to research center" if you don't want to send the information.
    • DO NOT allow SUPERAntiSpyware to protect your Home Page settings.
    • On the Top Left select the Scan your computer button.
    • Make sure there is a CHECK MARK on all Fixed Drives.
    • Click "Perform a Complete Scan". Click "Next" and reboot the computer when prompted to do so.
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  • Disable your internet security by right clicking on its icon (usually located in the system tray next to the time display) and choosing "Exit", "Disable", or "Shut Down".
  • Run an online scan with Eset from Free Virus Scan: Use ESET's Online Antivirus Scanner
  • You must use Internet Explorer for this online scan. FireFox, Opera, etc will not work for this scan.
  • Accept the terms and click "Start".
  • Once the scanner is ready, check "Remove found threats" AND "Scan unwanted applications".
  • Click "Start" to begin the scan.
  • When completed restart your computer
Make sure your internet security is enabled, and then please return to Free PC Help and tell us how the computer seems to be operating.
At that time, you will receive instructions to assist you in removing malicious programs from your Add/Remove program list if warranted.
 

Tony D

Free PC Help Long Term Member
Joined
Dec 30, 2007
Messages
704
Location
Malvern, PA (USA)
PC Experience
Some Experience
Operating System
OSX
#3
If no malware is found, it may be a DNS problem. Have you checked with your ISP to see if others are having problems and if so, what DNS do they recommend?

I checked you profile, but you didn't list a location. Are you in the UK? Can someone suggest a DNS in the UK?
 
Joined
Jan 13, 2008
Messages
23
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Operating System
Windows Vista - Home Premium
#4
Nevermind, I've sorted it lol.
was the Winsock catalogue
Should have tried that before posting here :p

Thanks anyway guys/gals =]

Can a mod close this thread please?

John
 
W

Wolfeymole

#5
We like to leave posts open John in case anyone should have any last comments.
Glad to see you are now sorted mate. :)
 

Tony D

Free PC Help Long Term Member
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Dec 30, 2007
Messages
704
Location
Malvern, PA (USA)
PC Experience
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Operating System
OSX
#6
Additionally, I like to see what the solution was. It helps everyone.

Prince - can you tell us what you did to resolve the problem?