I would post this question on a geek board, but therein lies the problem. I am automatically logged in on this site so I can post, but now I can no longer access sites that require new login. So, most of the tech sites require login and I'm locked out.
I am using MS ie, by the way. I was using Firefox, but too many of the sites I need to visit (work related) were not Firefox friendly, so I dumped it. Now I can't reinstall it, because ~ding-ding-ding~ Mozilla wants to communicate with my machine, and that communication is somehow blocked.
What the "h" has happened to my web browser that this would happen? I can't imagine it is only a firewall issue, as I have tried to shut off the firewall and still experience the same issue.
I hate to post this type of question here, but I really have limited options.
Can it be something other than settings on my browser?
I finally got Firefox loaded, but now I can't view "ANY" page unless it resides on my hard drive, like my personal home page. (and it does a crap job of scrolling through the pictures that I have placed on that page.)
I'd like to second Nate's guess at the SSL problem. It sounds like you might be having trouble with only port 443 (SSL) traffic. You could tell this by looking at each page that fails and seeing if the URL starts with HTTP:// or HTTPS:// the latter of which would indicate SSL. If it is the case that you are not able to send HTTPS traffic, you will need to check a number of things such as proxies, any firewall/broadband router you might have, and possibly checking with your ISP to see if they are blocking the traffic for some reason (don't know why they would). I've seen spyware hose up traffic too when it tries to hijack the stack.
Changing the Internet Options - Security tab is also an excellent suggestion. If you can't go lower, you might have a policy installed on your computer (maybe it used to be a corporate PC?). Try going higher and saving the setting, then come back in and lower it down to medium again.
Joined: 05 May 2005
Check your proxies.
Tools -> Internet Options -> Connections -> Lan Settings -> Proxy Server
I've had a few occasions where the checkbox was telling IE I wanted to use a proxy, but there was no proxy configured, so it got silly on me. It's a long shot, but it was a frustrating thing to figure out.
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